Kickin' back with a good book

MIDDLEMOUNT braced for flooding by snapping up magazines, newspapers, scratchies and... a few groceries.

As Emerald shopping centres were emptied of basic essentials such as bread and milk on Friday when the town became isolated, Middlemount residents took a calmer approach...

“A few people were panicking that they couldn’t get anywhere and there was a bit of panic shopping but not too much,” Carole Gray of Middlemount Newsagency said.

“Our magazine and newspaper stock went very quickly, and scratchies did really well, too.

“People just seemed to be looking for something to pass the time with.”

The small mining town was hit by a drenching of more than 160mm in the last week, but flood levels have receded and roads remained open to Mackay over the weekend.

“The rain was patchy around here; some people were getting wet feet but most just kept working,” Carole said.

“The mines had shorter shifts, but all has gone back to normal this week.

“Some people were planning on going away for the weekend and were a bit concerned if they could get out, though.”

The Middlemount-Nebo Road closed late last week, but residents could still get through to Mackay, despite an extra 40 minutes travel time.

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