Deb­bie’s dust is set­tling on us all

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

LIKE many of our read­ers I can barely be­lieve it’s been just over three weeks since Cy­clone Deb­bie turned our worlds up­side down.

As the dust is start­ing to set­tle there are a few dif­fer­ent is­sues com­ing to light, in­clud­ing the emo­tional cost we now need to count.

I have been see­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of posts on so­cial me­dia from peo­ple reach­ing out about the heartache they are only now re­al­is­ing they feel.

Just as grief has its var­i­ous stages, so does Deb­bie’s af­ter­math it would ap­pear.

Ini­tially there was shock, then there was the adrenalin-fu­elled ac­tion phase where we all pitched in to an emer­gency re­sponse.

Now we’re told the emer­gency is over and it’s all about re­cov­ery and re­lief.

But for many peo­ple it will be months be­fore life re­turns to some­thing it once re­sem­bled and for a few it never will.

The im­por­tant mes­sage in all of this is that now, more than ever, we need to talk to one an­other, help one an­other and be mind­ful of the dev­as­ta­tion Deb­bie has caused.

And in the com­ing days and weeks we will con­tinue to bring you in­for­ma­tion about what­ever ser­vices are avail­able to a com­mu­nity still very much in need.

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