Choppers used in Theodore rescues
THE last 90 residents of Theodore are currently being evacuated from the Central Queensland town, after a two-day operation that has involved nine civilian helicopters.
Banana Shire Council Deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy said two Australian Defence Force Black Hawk helicopters had not yet arrived in Theodore, but the disaster management desk was expecting them this morning.
She said some 210 people were evacuated yesterday, with the final third of the town’s population to be moved to Moura today.
The townspeople of Theodore are being housed at a motel in Moura, as well as the Anglo Coal mine single workers accommodation.
Mrs Clancy said she expected it would be at least three days before the Theodore residents would be able to return home.
The Dawson River level at Theodore had receded slightly, at 14.3 metres this morning, but the river was still rising at Taroom, reaching 10.1 metres at 6am this morning.
She said: “That water coming through Taroom will likely hit Theodore in the next few days, so even if the river doesn’t recede a lot, it’s still going to remain at its current level.
“Today is a day across the region where we are trying to replenish supplies and get those isolated people to higher ground and safer locations.”