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Tough time for Cedar Pocket farmers with no time to stop to mourn

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Barbara Gear hasn’t had time to cease and grieve after police made the grim discovery of the physique of 54-year-old motorcyclist Phillip Lambert on her dairy farm at Cedar Pocket close to Gympie on Thursday.

Early on Wednesday morning, Mr Lambert was driving dwelling from Gympie procuring centre, the place he labored as a cleaner, when his motorcycle hit a wall of water in torrential rain on a darkish nation street.

His body was recovered at about 11.30am on Thursday.

Data present an unimaginable 352 millimetres of rain fell at Cedar Pocket over 5 hours.

The floodwater swept away all of Barbara and Robert Gear’s boundary fences, destroyed Granview Dairy’s sorghum crop and scattered 400 head of cattle.

(Since we took Ms Gear’s {photograph} on Thursday, her creek flats have flooded once more.)

 A green bike on its side in grass near a fence.
Mr Lambert was reported lacking after his motorcycle was discovered close to a bridge.(Equipped)

Cattle have been compelled to swim for his or her lives after they have been caught within the harmful climate occasion, the depth of which hadn’t been predicted.

Whereas Ms Gear understandably didn’t need to talk about the lack of a valued member of her close-knit neighborhood, she did give perception into probably the most horrifying flood she has ever witnessed.

Within the exhausting hours since, she has labored tirelessly to re-erect smashed fences, helped dozens of emergency providers staff who have been combing their property, taken stranded staff again on the farm, and searched for her prized cows whose udders have been painfully full, out in paddocks that have been reduce by debris-filled water.

A woman fixing a flood damaged fence.
Fences should be fastened to cease cows getting on the street.(ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

“We have collected all the women from numerous paddocks. There have been about 30 caught up in opposition to the fence line that have been swimming. There have been no fences in anyway, they have been truly up on the bitumen street making an attempt to get away from the water,” Ms Gear mentioned.

A man in an orange fluoro shirt
Granview dairy employee James Could used his car to herd cattle to security.(ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

In the course of the evening her employee, James Could, was driving his car backward and forward on Tin Can Bay Street, making an attempt to herd cows that have been dangerously standing in the course of the primary thoroughfare.

“The police turned up. They will need to have thought I used to be an fool hooning, however they ultimately pulled up behind me and had their lights on serving to me get them off the street,” Mr Could mentioned.

A man stands at a debris covered fence with men working behind him.
Geoff Pearce has had two properties flood inside two months. (ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

Subsequent door, the flood triggered sturdy feelings for Geoff Pearce who solely final month confronted the identical daunting clean-up after a terrifying flood on his different farm at Tansey.

“It is a large job however that is what folks on the land do. They assist one another out and all our neighbours right here have been nice. Emergency providers have been nice.”

He has recovered three of his six cattle that have been swept away. However the fences he fastened with buddies, have been flooded once more.

Aerial of Alba Aquaculture farm
Alba aquaculture’s major dam burst its banks.(Equipped: Bambi Gosbell)

The most important fall was at close by Mount Wolvi on Tuesday evening, the place 425mm of rain fell in a single day; 140 millimetres of that in only one hour.

The rain poured off the mountain right down to the flats, flooding Alba aquaculture farm and house owners Bambi and Andrew Gosbell’s second dwelling.

A man with an umbrella, stands in front of a house that has flood ruined furniture and carpet in front of it.
Andrew Gosbell woke to search out water pouring by way of the second dwelling on his property.(Equipped: Bambi Gosbell)

“It was simply actually like one thing you simply see out of the flicks. It was torrential … It is taken out all of the fencing on the boundary to the forestry and it is taken out between our neighbours so we have misplaced a good bit of fencing as nicely.”

The couple’s major dam overflowed, however fortunately the farm’s crayfish ponds have been undamaged and the sheep made their method to larger floor.

A man stands in front of a field that is all gouged out by floodwater.
Cooloola Berries proprietor Jason Lewis has misplaced treasured topsoil.(Equipped: Cooloola Berries)

A number of kilometres away Jason Lewis misplaced treasured topsoil at his Cooloola Berries farm that was primed and able to plant this yr’s strawberry runners.

Water ran by way of their again shed on Wednesday, and on Friday swamped their farm cafe.

An aerial of a flooded macadamia orchard.
Lindols Macadamias was on the brink of harvest when the flood hit.(Equipped: Lindols Macadamias)

Australian Macadamia Society chief government Jolyon Burnett mentioned growers had been anticipating a bumper crop and described the flooding as “heartbreaking”.

Fields have flooded throughout south east Queensland and northern New South Wales and orchard flooring have been broken.

At Lindols Macadamias outdoors Gympie, water flowed by way of a shed and a big part of orchard.

Proprietor, Sandra Lindstrom mentioned the true impression of the flood is not going to be recognized for months.

“Twenty or so younger timber snapped off, however what typically takes them out is a root rot/fungus. They have been about 3 metres underwater on Wednesday,” Ms Lindstrom mentioned.

Her orchard has since been flooded once more, by the storm system sitting over the area.