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the more it seems to come back.”But I’m trying to get new ovens and when we can we will get [the shop] up and running again.”Beenleigh mops upIn nearby Beenleigh, the historic Windaroo Cottage, which is a popular spot for weddings, was surrounded by water on Friday.Owner Wendy Child said the scenes had stayed with her ever since.”We went to bed thinking we were OK, but when we got up at 4:00am on Friday I just burst into tears,” she said.”I could only see a sea of water and I couldn’t see anything else.”
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She said the help from the local community had been overwhelming.”The wonderful people from the Stapleton Mosque have helped us non-stop,” Ms Child said.Matt O’Hanlon, principal of Beenleigh State High School, said his biggest worry during the flood event was keeping the school’s agricultural animals safe and dry. South-east Queenslanders are rolling up their sleeves to help those whose homes and businesses were inundated by floodwaters late last week.The famous Yatala Pie Shop, built in 1871, was among dozens of properties swamped south of Brisbane. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
Tom said the next few days would involve cleaning and stocktaking what possessions they had left.”Until the mud dries out … External Link:

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“At no stage did we think that the water would enter the shop.”The fast-thinking boys used flour bags to ‘flour bag’ the building but it wasn’t enough.”Staff and volunteers are now on site helping demolish internal walls that have been damaged by the water.”We’ve lost ovens and cold rooms, but we’re doing OK and everyone has been fantastic,” Ms Porter said.”The more we clean though … we can’t do much at all,” he said.”If we got a shower of rain with 10 to 15mm that would be really good to wash away some of this mud.” we didn’t need to get the animals on desks, which would have been hard to do. Photo:
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Yatala’s famous pie shop is less than a kilometre from the Albert River. (Supplied: Nine News)
It remains closed today as the extensive clean-up continues.General manager Susan Porter has owned the shop for three decades and said the water came quicker than they could have ever imagined.”On Friday morning we had bakers starting at 3:00am making pies and had truck deliveries at 5:30am,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Steve Austin.”When they went for a break at 6:30am they saw the water had come up and we were stranded. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
“We had to get them up to higher ground,” he said.”We got them up though … “It was a bonus we weren’t at school on Friday as the waters rose so quickly and it would have been a disaster.”‘We could only see water’North Maclean residents Tom and Lisa saw 25 acres of their 26-acre property go under water.”We could only see water, water and more water,” Lisa said.”We didn’t get everything out but we have more than what other people have.”

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Residents flooded in the Eagleby and North Maclean areas push flood-damaged contents onto the footpath.
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By Terri Begley, Rachel Fountain and Jessica Hinchliffe

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Tom and Lisa from North Maclean say they can’t do much until the mud dries out. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Rachel Fountain)
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