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WITH Whit­sun­day SES­sions set to be held this week­end, we asked our read­ers who they were most thank­ful to for their ef­forts be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES)

THE SES worked like Tro­jans through­out the en­tirety of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Teams helped clear roads, as­sisted those stuck in their homes, de­liv­ered med­i­ca­tion to those who needed it and so much more. It was be­fore the cy­clone had even died down that the teams started to re­ceive phone calls.

Sal­va­tion Army

IT DIDN’T take long for com­mu­nity groups to re­spond when Cy­clone Deb­bie hit and among those who put their hands up to help were the Sal­va­tion Army.

Not only did they work tire­lessly to help af­fected res­i­dents get back on their feet, they also as­sisted with ca­ter­ing food to 250-300 peo­ple.


BE­FORE wa­ter seeped through IGA’s ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem and the roof threat­ened to cave in, IGA in Ju­bilee Pocket opened its doors to res­i­dents who were in des­per­ate need of sup­plies.

Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Prac­tice

WHEN flood­wa­ters cut roads in the re­gion fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie, Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Prac­tice set up an emer­gency mini-hospi­tal in Can­non­vale.

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre

BE­FORE the cy­clone hit, the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre was dis­tribut­ing vouch­ers to more than 40 ap­pli­cants need­ing cy­clone kits.

Two days af­ter, the cen­tre started pro­vid­ing food re­lief across the re­gion.

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