Nathan makes a beeline home
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.”
CLOSED: Reids Creek bridge on Mt Perry-Monto Rd was closed after part of the road was washed away by floodwater.