Yasi- hit re­gion tipped to get army sup­port

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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