Helping hand for cyclone-ravaged homes, pages 4-5
Alicia calls for donations to help Biloela clean up after TC Marcia wreaked havoc
DOING HER BIT: Eureka's Alicia Barton is calling for donations to take to Biloela on Friday to help the clean-up effort.
THE horror of watching family members lose their homes has spurred Alicia Barton into action.
Ms Barton was safe and sound in Eureka, despite seeing several trees on her property succumb to ex-tropical Cyclone Marcia’s strong winds.
But her mum Ann and two siblings in Biloela weren’t as lucky.
“A tree fell on mum’s place and the floodwater was about a metre-and-a-half,” she said.
“They couldn’t get back home for three days because of all the flooding and road closures.
“Everything in the shed is gone.
“It’s pretty sad. We’ve had a few cries on the phone.”
TC Marcia was a Category Five when it crossed the coast near Shoalwater Bay, but the system was downgraded to a Category One near Biloela.
Strong winds forced powerlines and trees down but it was the flooding that arguably caused most of the damage.
Ms Barton has her gloves and gumboots ready to help the stricken town recover, and she is asking the Childers community to help.
“Clothes, gift cards – anything you can spare,” she said.
“We’re heading up on Friday and we’ll be taking a trailer. I’ve been on a few sites as well and the whole community up there is struggling.”
Ms Barton said she intended to supply the material not only to Biloela residents, but to the neighbouring communities that are struggling just as badly.
“This is the second time in two years they’ve flooded and it’s heartbreaking to see,” she said.
“The biggest problem is they’ll never be able to sell those properties. Who would want to buy them?
“It’s like Rockhampton and Gympie – both have had a few floods go through in the last few years.”
If you want to donate items, Ms Barton said to either give her a call, or to leave goods at HD Mechanical in town.
Phone Alicia on 0409 999 170.
HUMAN KINDNESS: Eureka's Alicia Barton is calling for donations to take to Biloela on Friday to help cyclone victims.