Foodworks had about two feet of water through it. It lifted up the large stuff and pushed it against the front windows and doors. All the heavy fridges and fruit stands have been piled up against the front door. The pressure was enough to pop out the two front perspex windows. A few shops had shattered windows.
The IGA supermarket is much higher than the Foodworks shop and it had water enough to damage goods on the lower two shelves of its fittings.
The back of the Foodworks store. You can see the mark the water has made about three inches above the window sill of the Laundromat. (Between the tree on the left and the forklift on the right.)
Standing on the pedestrian crossing at the top of Patrick Street, the main street, the highest place in the CBD. The water was up this high and entered several shops in the Mall.
Some of the damage in the main street. The green box is the power supply. The large wooden box is from one of the supermarkets, a fruit display box.
The newsagent. No papers yesterday or today... They have a lot of work to do to clean up, but are waiting for the insurance assessor to visit before they begin their clean up. Phew, stink!
In the 1974 flood the Commonwealth Bank was inundated. They built it up so that it wouldn't happen again. The Commonwealth Bank left Laidley years ago and Wayne's World, a "junk shop" is in the premises these days. The water came up into the shop, you can see the water mark in the corner of the blue painted sign, to the right of the 's' in "Days". Looking at the cardboard above there it seems that the water was higher than the mark on the sign.
Laidley Hotel, the middle pub, where I spent New Year's Eve celebrations... quietly. They are low and would have had about 2-3ft of water across the site.
Front of the Laidley Hotel. It's even more rickety than it was before.
The back of the Laidley Hotel, beer garden and smoking area.
Inside the Laidley Hotel.
Looking down William Street toward Patrick Street, the building on the right with the green roof is the Laidley Hotel.
The bridge over the flood mitigation drain, diagonally opposite the town Cenotaph. Looking in the distance, the green roofed building behind the pole holding the St Mary's School sign is the Laidley Hotel.
At the top of the town, at the end of the mall is the IGA store. This shop door shows a water level which is quite high for the highest part of the town!
Looking down the main street toward the Foodwords store. The blue bin has washed through a laneway from the rear carpark. There were wheely bins all over the place which had washed out of the back of the shops.
Just some pix of the bottom of town, where the water has gone over the fences. Some houses have had water through them.