PICTURES: Remembering 2010/11 floods a decade on
OFTEN overshadowed by the horror events of 2013, the 2010/11 Bundaberg floods were the worst in 40 years, ripping through homes, businesses and bringing about a temporary closure of the port.
The days of December 28-29 saw the worst of the flooding event.
Hundreds of homes were evacuated in the event, sparking fears of looting.
Water St's Simon Jackson, who had been ferrying people from their inundated homes, told the NewsMail he was exhausted, hadn't slept and feared looters would visit empty homes.
"I rang police about it because there were people going from house to house," he said.
He said he saw people dressed in black, in the early hours of the morning, and followed them down the street.
"They said, 'someone's still here', and ran away."
Some residents, such as Steve Ostrofski, refused to leave his highset home despite water filling the ground level.
"Both the front and back door have swollen so we can't close them - so we're not going anywhere," he told the NewsMail.
Kim Nilsen said she was also afraid of looters, so she was camping out in her car with a keen eye on her home.
But she said she's also seen people on their very best behaviour.
"When I was moving stuff around the house, a woman I have never met saw us and came and helped us put everything up high," she said.
"After a man found out what happened to my house, he insisted on giving me $20 for breakfast."
Police stated at the time that there had been no reports of looting made to police, but increased patrols had been put in place.
There was certainly a great deal of goodwill shown.
John Schlott and Ian Willett both risked their lives to help secure vessels along the flooded Burnett River and were awarded a Group Citation for Bravery.
Mr Willett said the memories of the 2010 flood were still vivid two years on but he was humbled by the award.
"It was very scary at the time," he said.
"But there were more people than me helping during the floods."
By December 30, then group chairman police superintendent Rowan Bond said 380 homes had been affected by floodwaters.
Businesses also faced a struggle, with many CBD, north and east Bundaberg shops affected.
By the first week of January 2011, about 180 business owners packed a flood recovery meeting at the civic centre.
Current councillor Steve Cooper, who then owned Coopers Home Hardware which was inundated, said he had received support from all over the world.
He told the meeting he'd had calls from people in Asia, New Zealand, the UK and Sweden.
Mr Cooper said all his stock had been written off, and all the fixtures in his shop would have to be replaced.
"It comes to $1 million," he said.
The aftermath of the floods saw heavy criticism regarding flood plans and town planning.
In March 2011, Millbank man Rod Savidge said he'd viewed the floodwaters on December 29 by helicopter when they were at their peak.
The retired sugar farmer criticised flood mapping that had been released in February, saying it didn't align with what he saw from the air.
Authorities at the time said they welcomed public feedback to help improve flood mapping.
In October 2011, a Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry heard from four locals who shared their frustration over drainage issues.
Bundaberg locals breathed a sigh of relief when recovery efforts started to kick in, but for some, they wouldn't even have a chance to finalise renovations to their homes and businesses before the record flood of 2013.
The one light in the darkness of both events was the community spirit, with many coming together to share help, shelter, food and manpower.
The 2010/11 floods were caused by heavy rain from tropical cyclone Tasha that joined with a trough during a La Niña event.