Premier pays a visit
Home owner surprised by ‘stately guest’
IT WAS a visit Teresa Jackson never expected – Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk walking through her home to witness the damage Cyclone Debbie did not hesitate to cause.
“It’s really great to see the premier here to have a first hand look at what the cyclone has done,” Ms Jackson said.
The premier was accompanied by Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Brigadier Chris Field when she visited the Cannonvale home on Tuesday.
Ms Jackson took the trio on a tour of her property which felt the full effects of Debbie.
“The gutterings went and then the rain, which was horizontal, soaked the gyprock on the balcony and once it was wet, it collapsed and that’s when the rain came in,” she said.
Having lived in her home for 15 years, Ms Jackson said Cyclone Debbie was, by far, the scariest cyclone she had been through.
“It was the intensity which made it so terrifying,” she said.
Ms Jackson found refuge in a downstairs bathroom where she lay on a mattress with water, a radio, her phone and other essential items.
“I know at one stage I was a bit concerned with the ceiling collapsing so I went into my car which was in the garage and closed the door and put the chair down where I felt a bit safer.”
It was a full house in Ms Jackson’s home on Tuesday, with builders working hard to restore it to its original state and Suncorp present to assess the damage.
Suncorp executive general manager property and speciality claims Matt Pearson said it was important for work to start as soon as possible so they could “get the tradies swinging hammers so we can get (homeowners) into their homes”.
“It’s only been a week, but Suncorp is leading a hive of activity in the region with Customer Response Teams assisting with claims, assessors visiting impacted homes, and builders and repairers picking up their tools and getting to work,” he said.
Meanwhile with the wounds of Cyclone Debbie still fresh, Commissioner Stewart said he had one message.
“I’d ask members of the public not to go sightseeing around these areas because it gets in the way of emergency services, vehicles and of the builders – the (tradesmen) who need to come in and do their work. But if you see anything suspicious, please come out and report it.”