Volunteers return after aweek in small communities cleaning up trees and restoring access to homes
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.
TOP TEAM: The taskforce from North Coast region.