Photo: Courtesy David Stehbens, Pathfinder Aviation
Gympie is a significant urban area in Queensland with a population 0f 19510 (2011 census). The city began as a goldfield and so parts of the city are located and arranged according to the sites of alluvial workings and various shaft mines. The original business district, Mary Street, is one such area that is unfortunate to be inundated by major floods. While most of the city is wel above flood peaks and adjusted to floods, the adjustment of land use is still not complete and so each major flood Gympie makes the headlines as a city that is flooded.
The 2 bridges that cross the Mary River in Gympie were both flooded by this flood: Kidd Bridge is underwater near the centre of the photograph, and Normanby Bridge can be seen just above the flood further upstream. These bridges connect the two parts of the city.
Road and bridges connecting the city to the rural areas that it serves, as well as intercity road links are still not designed to be flood free.