Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'The Floods Are at My Floor'; Southern Towns Isolated

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'The Floods Are at My Floor'; Southern Towns Isolated

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Byline: Sarah Steger Sarah.Steger@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AS IF having his Baffle Creek home flooded by rainwater wasn't stressful enough, an elderly resident and his mate became bogged while trying to escape to higher ground.

This week's floods have affected towns throughout the region, with some areas left completely isolated and cut off from the rest of Gladstone.

Clive Poole, 78, is one of those most affected by what the Bureau of Meteorology has said is a one-in-50-year weather event.

The Baffle Creek resident said he spent all day yesterday going through his house, moving his belongings.

"There's another house at the top of the hill I'll go and take it all to ... because in an hour it's going to be through my house," Mr Poole said.

Before becoming completely bogged, Mr Poole said the trips he'd made back and forth to his mate's car became more treacherous, with each load of belongings he carried to and fro.

"It was up to my thighs when I went out to the car just now," he said.

While Mr Poole confirmed his friends and neighbours were safe and sound, he said some people would not have been so lucky.

"The ones whose homes aren't high up are all getting flooded like me," he said.

"The floods are at my floors as we speak."

But this week's extreme weather is not the first time flash flooding has personally affected Mr Poole.

"Last time it went right over my house," he said.

"I'm praying with all my heart it won't be like that again."

A friend and fellow Baffle Creek resident said she met Mr Poole in 2013, when she spotted him cleaning up and helping flood victims.

"He lost everything back then ... and he was also flooded earlier in 2010," Kathy Robertson--

Cipak said.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the biggest concern he held was for residents in the Baffle Creek and Lowmead areas.

"Earlier this week we put the Local Disaster Management Group on alert," Cr Burnett said. …

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