Cardwell groans with wet weight
REBUILDING: Deb Eales in front of her Cardwell home which was badly damaged by Cyclone Yasi CARDWELL needs more rain now like General Custer needed more Si o ux a nd Cheyenne firing arrows at him at Little Big Horn.
Yesterday morning when the rain slammed down before daylight, you could just about hear the populace of Cardwell groan while lying in bed under their ceilings of orange and blue tarpaulins. And then as the day grew and the black clouds circled, d r o p p i n g r a i n i n t e r mi t - tently, the locals could only hope it would go away and that predictions of another deluge were off the mark.
Down on the jetty Karl McGree was tossing a popper into the grey sea as smoky black clouds floated like battleships across the peaks of Hinchinbrook Island.
The rain sent people there on the beach, running for their cars.
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Down in the water, a metrel o n g S p a n i s h m a c k e r e l slammed into a school of mullet.
Karl was looking for barra, not mackerel.
‘‘ If he takes this popper, I’ll lose all my line,’’ he said.
Further up the beach and one street in, Deb Eales had just wound up a meeting with a structural engineer who had driven up from Airlie Beach to inspect her and husband Gary’s resort-style home, which was ripped apart in Cyclone Yasi.
The couple has worked on the American reality television show Survivor for the past six years and travel the world setting up locations a nd a s s i s t i ng wit h p r o - duction. They’re away for six months of the year, living in the remote regions where the top rating series is made. They are due to head off again to another location in a fortnight and are furiously trying to get the insurance details completed before they leave.
To say it’s a drama is an understatement. Their roof has gone and there is struc- tural damage to the house itself. Even the in-ground fibreglass pool was smashed by missiles being hurled about in the height of the storm.
Because of the damage to the house, electricity has not been connected and they are still using a generator for power. They are resilient people but wish things were moving a bit faster.
The rain last week didn’t help and with more around, there is a feeling of foreboding. Deb points to the pool which is full of water.
‘‘ That was empty before the rain started last week. That pool takes 88,000 litres and now it’s full,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, the forecast is for showers over the next few days.
Townsville forecaster Mario Torrisi said it would still be wet when Prince William visits on Saturday.
‘‘ I doubt the word ‘ fine’ will be in the forecast on Saturday, but Prince William’s presence should brighten everyone’s day,’’ he said.