Back at work, de­spite rain

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - John An­der­sen

IN rain-drenched Card­well, trades­men bored with sitting around wait­ing for the rain to stop, are hard at work.

The t own’s newsagent Richard Dor­ing, whose shop was badly dam­aged by wind, wa­ter and sand by Cy­clone Yasi on Fe­bru­ary 2-3, said work­ers were hard at it in the rain yes­ter­day.

Mr Dor­ing, whose shop only re­opened for busi­ness on March 3, said it was ‘‘ a battle’’ for most peo­ple in Card­well and that ev­ery­one was do­ing their best to stay in a pos­i­tive frame of mind.

He said some peo­ple were able to get out of the flood­bound Kennedy Val­ley yes­ter­day, but added that he didn’t know how long the win­dow of op­por­tu­nity would last.

He said with the rain the way it was, roads could open then quickly close again.

Mr Dor­ing said al­though the rain was heavy and re­lent­less, the amount of sand left trapped in the town’s drainage sys­tem af­ter the cy­clone was not help­ing wa­ter run away.

Two small creeks near the town were choked with cy­clone de­bris and were also hav­ing trou­ble cop­ing with the vol­ume of wa­ter com­ing off the coastal range.

Mr Dor­ing said the hard part was that peo­ple who went through the cy­clone l i k e A l a n a n d Wa n d a Sch­midt had to now put up with the in­ces­sant rain.

He said some houses in R o m a S t , w h e r e t h e Sch­midts live, had been in­un­dated two days in a row.

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