Clean-up under way to restore suburbs
AS THE clean-up continues from the aftermath of Thursday’s supercell that hit the Gympie region, Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran says the main priority is assessing the affected areas.
“Damage has been done right across the region, with some of the hardest hit suburbs consisting of Tansey and Jones Hill towards the Mary Valley,” Cr Curran said.
“We had 6000 homes without power as a result of the supercell, with over 600 homes still without power as of Friday night.”
Energex has been working to fix the power outage overnight.
Cr Curran said assessments were being conducted on the worst hit places.
“Our priority was to open up all the roads, with people chainsawing and removing all the trees on the roads,” he said.
“Council crews are currently cleaning up the
OUR PRIORITY WAS TO OPEN UP ALL THE ROADS, WITH PEOPLE CHAINSAWING AND REMOVING ALL THE TREES ON THE ROADS. MAYOR MICK CURRAN
debris left on the streets.”
Cr Curran said there was a big clean-up ahead.
“Yeah there’s quite a lot to do, as you drive around town you’ll see a lot of trees down,” he said.
The council has opened the waste management facility for the next fortnight for those who have been affected.
“We're working through our lists and will be having reinforcements from different regions come to assist,” SES deputy local area controller Steve Clough said.
“We've had 172 call-outs since 2pm, skylights and windows are our major problem but we're sorting through it.
“We would like to let people know we're doing the best we can in this point in time.”
BUSY: Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran said they're doing their best to help with the clean-up.