Risk of flood intensifies
Proserpine struggles with rainfall
MOTORISTS are stranded in floodwater at Proserpine, amid fears 1300km of Queensland’s coast is at risk of flooding.
Boats are being used to rescue people from homes in Proserpine with locals still sheltering from torrential rain in damaged buildings.
Leah Borghero, who runs the A&A Motel Proserpine, said she and her husband spent Tuesday calming their terrified guests – many of them young international visitors – as Cyclone Debbie raged through the town.
She said it was only Wednesday morning they were able to see just how damaged the town is.
“Across the road, the roof is off and there is a rescue boat over there. I’d say they’re getting someone out,” she said.
“The streets are flowing with water and the rain is still bucketing down.”
Cyclone Debbie has triggered a flood threat for a 1300km stretch of the Queensland coast, as the Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox calls Bowen “a war zone”.
A 1300km stretch of coast from Ayr to Tweed Heads is under threat of flooding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
Rainfall totals up to 250mm are expected in widespread areas, with significantly higher totals possible locally.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says residents should brace for “shock and awe” as the damage from Cyclone Debbie becomes apparent for the first time.
“I think there is going to be a lot of shock and awe in the morning,” she told Ten News on Tuesday evening, later admitting she was “bracing” for the dawn.
“We don’t know the extent of the damage. We don’t know what injuries there are,” she said.
Cyclone Debbie was downgraded to a tropical low yesterday as it weakens while moving south-west.
At almost the same time, police went door to door in parts of Mackay to warn that the swollen Pioneer River risked flooding their homes, and urged people to evacuate.
However, a severe weather warning remains in place and the Bureau of Meteorology says “the situation remains very hazardous”.
The threat of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie remains.
TOUGH GOING: The cyclone shelter in the Proserpine State School on Monday afternoon.