LETTER: Community joined forces after Cyclone Marcia hit
I KNOW it's a truism but you sure do know who your friends are when the chips are down. This was especially true after Cyclone Marcia hit us one year ago this week.
Coming out that first morning, if we were lucky enough to get out of our driveways and our roads weren't covered in trees, we found out who we could count on.
Before anyone else got here, council's staff were there to take calls and organise recovery, even though they had their own emergencies to attend to.
Our day labour force battled in horrendous heat and humidity to begin the huge clear-up. Everyone went way beyond the call of duty to get our community back up on its feet.
Local SES and Rural Fire Brigade volunteers were onsite as soon as humanly possible, joined later by hundreds from all over the state and even further afield.
Then there were the churches, community groups and kind individuals out there - what would we have done without them?
I'd just like to remember you all and say thank you, on behalf of our community. I know you were doing it hard too but you found that extra something inside to help others. Big respect. What a bunch of champions you are.
- Tony Williams, chairman of the Local Disaster Management Group and Deputy Mayor.
- Marcia was a Category 5 cyclone
- Made landfall near Shoalwater Bay at 8am on February 20
- Winds of 205kmh near the centre
- It moved south towards Yeppoon and Rockhampton at 20kmh
- More than 600 people left their Yeppoon homes to bunker down at the town's evacuation centre
- Across Queensland, 134 schools were closed, along with 43 childcare centres and several TAFEs
- Australia has only seen five previously recorded Category 5 storms hit its coastline, with the last being Cyclone Yasi in 2011