Back at work, despite rain
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.