Michelle Galloway and Caitlyn Flint, along with their band of helpers, got in, cleaned up, and opened the doors again at the Gorgeous Coffee Lounge in Killarney.
Michelle Galloway and Caitlyn Flint, along with their band of helpers, got in, cleaned up, and opened the doors again at the Gorgeous Coffee Lounge in Killarney. Georja Ryan

Killarney shows its strength

THE tight-knit community of Killarney again proved that even a wall of water couldn't break its spirit.

As reports came in that flooding was on its way from the way from up the hill, it was all hands on deck to get businesses prepared for the Condamine River to break its banks.

Michelle Galloway from the Gorgeous Coffee Lounge said the atmosphere was not so much everyone in panic stations, but more so in productive mode.

"Everyone was helping out and moving things up high," Mrs Galloway said.

"Heaps of people were saying, 'Do you need a hand'."

The crew at the cafe managed to get all their fridges and freezers out of the shop before the water gushed through the doors.

"We were really lucky," Mrs Galloway said.

"The kitchen cupboards were full of mud, but we managed to get everything else out."

Once the flood waters had receded, the mud army - made up of Killarney residents and fire crews - all pitched in to help business owners clean up.

"As soon as we could get back in, about 2pm on Monday, the firies came in and hosed it all out and myself and Sandy and staff all helped out," Mrs Galloway said.

Many businesses in the main street were back open for business just a day after the flood, all thanks to the abundance of helping hands.

"We had people on brooms and on the ends of hoses and all sorts - all helping out," she said.

Local contractor Trevor Davies was one of the many to lend his services to businesses to get the town back to its former glory.

"It's mainly the silt we need to clean off - it's slippery, slimy stuff," Mr Davies said.

"It was good to see everyone down here picking up the rubbish and cleaning up."



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