Mar­cia clean-up

Vol­un­teers re­turn af­ter aweek in small com­mu­ni­ties clean­ing up trees and restor­ing ac­cess to homes

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VOL­UN­TEERS from across the Isis re­gion are back af­ter a week spent clean­ing up af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia.

The re­cov­ery of ar­eas near Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon con­tin­ues this week, with the sec­ond task­force sent to help com­mu­ni­ties re­cover from the Cat­e­gory Five sys­tem.

It was al­most two weeks ago that TC Mar­cia hit the re­gion, but for smaller com­mu­ni­ties like By­field and Cawar­ral, there is still plenty of work to do.

Ac­cord­ing to ru­ral firie Col “Curl” San­ta­ca­te­rina, crews could be at it for months.

Mr San­ta­ca­te­rina and sev­eral col­leagues from Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Queens­land and the SES re­turned on Tues­day af­ter a seven-day de­ploy­ment.

“There’s mil­lions of trees down,” he said.

“We were clean­ing up, cut­ting into drive­ways and homes.”

The crew were at Cawar­ral for five days, with one day’s travel to and from the re­gion on ei­ther side.

Mr San­ta­ca­te­rina, Ge­off Maeyke and Jack Lee­son were joined by Woodgate

RFSQ vol­un­teer Col “Curl” San­ta­ca­te­rina They’ll be there for months if they wanted to. There’s heaps to do.

pair Brian Moore and Keith Parry, as well as vol­un­teers from across the South Bur­nett and parts of the Fraser Coast, on the de­ploy­ment.

The group stayed in fully con­tained “habi­tats”, which could house up to 150 peo­ple at full ca­pac­ity.

But even the air-con­di­tioned sec­tions pro­vided lit­tle es­cape from the swel­ter­ing heat and hu­mid­ity as crews worked from early morn­ing to late af­ter­noon.

“It was bloody hot as hell up there,” the re­cently re­tired ur­ban aux­il­iary cap­tain said.

“I might go back again if needed.

“They’ll be there for months if they wanted to. There’s heaps to do.

“You get in there and you clean up where you can.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP TEAM: The task­force from North Coast re­gion.

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