Yasi- hit region tipped to get army support
ARMY personnel may again be deployed to help clean up Queensland’s Cassowary Coast amid fears another cyclone could hit next week.
Mayor Bill Shannon said the region, still trying to clear debris after Cyclone Yasi, was vulnerable should a second cyclone hit in the next week.
A tropical low is expected to form in the Coral Sea today and may develop into a cyclone as early as Sunday.
Mr Shannon said he put in a request for army assistance to speed up clearing operations on Tuesday fearing debris still lying on footpaths across the region could turn into dangerous projectiles should a cyclone hit.
Mr Shannon said he was initially informed through the local disaster management group yesterday that his request for assistance had been rejected because ‘‘ it didn’t fit the guidelines’’.
However, a spokesman for the Federal Attorney General said the request had been forwarded to the Defence Force which was considering whether to deploy troops to the region.
F o r e c a s t e r A l i c i a Duncanson said there was a moderate likelihood, meaning between a 20 and 50 per cent chance, of the low developing into a cyclone.