Nathan makes a bee­line home

Isis Town and Country - - News -

NATHAN Brooks had Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia in the rear view mir­ror af­ter leav­ing work at Curtis Is­land on Thurs­day.

Mr Brooks was on the last boat off Curtis Is­land be­fore Glad­stone Port was closed due to the im­pend­ing ar­rival of the cy­clone.

He made a bee­line for his Strath­more Rd home, and by the time TC Mar­cia caught up, the sys­tem was lit­tle more than Cat­e­gory One.

“There wasn’t too much wind but there was plenty of heavy rain,” he said.

“We got a few me­tres in the gul­lies down the back (of the prop­erty).”

A kilo­me­tre down the road, Reid Creek bridge copped the full force of the rapidly mov­ing wa­ter­way, and part of the north­ern sec­tion was washed away.

A felled tree lay against the bridge, logs lit­tered the banks and mud about 10cm deep in places was left on the road.

For Belinda Brooks, it could have been the sec­ond nat­u­ral dis­as­ter she ex­pe­ri­enced alone in seven days. With Nathan at Curtis Is­land, she had to face the Eidsvold earth­quake on her own. “I’d never had any­thing like that be­fore,” she said. “It fright­ened the life out of me.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

CLOSED: Reids Creek bridge on Mt Perry-Monto Rd was closed af­ter part of the road was washed away by flood­wa­ter.

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