‘It looks like a bomb has hit this place’
THE aftermath of Cyclone Debbie is starting to sink in for north Queensland residents as some prepare to walk away from their business and the region.
A shell-shocked Dave McInerney emerged from the rubble on Wednesday to survey the damage.
He spent most of Tuesday huddled in the toilet of one of his rooms with his caretaker Dave Thompson and dog Spotty.
Mr McInerney said it would take a while to get his head around what had happened.
“We could just hear really huge noises and that outside,” he said.
But Mr McInerney said the extent of the damage caused by the category four cyclone meant he would now likely walk away.
“It depends a lot on the insurance,” he said.
“More than likely it’ll be demolished and sold as a development site. These days it’s really not worth rebuilding a small business like this.”
Mr Thompson said the ferociousness of Cyclone Debbie was an “eye opener”.
“I think I’ll probably pack up and go now, that’s enough,” he said.
GONE: Dave McInerney inspects the damage to his motel at Shute Harbour.