Army crews mobilise
Personnel join clean-up
THE Australian Defence Force has offered an inside look into their clean-up operations in the Whitsundays.
Their recently released video shows their clean-up efforts in Wilsons Beach.
“Around this area in Wilsons Beach, they’ve got hit by a lot.
“(There’s) a lot of debris, trees uprooted, all of the single level houses are completely filled up with debris,” Lance Corporal Jason Bickham said.
Lieutenant Andrew Shone said they had seen a range of devastation.
“(There’s) a property on top of the hill that has been completely flattened. At one point (there was) 5m of water that went through the houses. (It) completely destroyed everything in that persons place,” he said.
One Hydeaway Bay resident said Cyclone Debbie was the worst experience of her life.
“As far as we’re concerned, it was the most horrific experience of our lives. We said it was the worst two days of our lives. We’ve never spent two days as bad as this in any circumstances whatsoever,” Maren Matthew said.
Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Harris said their operations would now focus on Airlie Beach and Proserpine.
“Our focus is very much shifted to helping some of the more isolated communities along the coastline Dingo Beach, Hydeaway Bay and also into Conway Beach and Wilsons Beach. These were the areas that were perhaps worst hit both from wind damage but also from a significant storm surge,” she said.
Joint Task Force 661 is the Australian Defence Force response to support local and state authorities with the recovery following Cyclone Debbie.
HELPING HAND: The Army set up at the Whitsunday PCYC on Friday in preparation for disaster recovery in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.