‘It looks like a bomb has hit this place’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: DAN PELED / AAP

GONE: Dave McIn­er­ney in­spects the dam­age to his mo­tel at Shute Har­bour.

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