Tony and Vicki Harris stand on their front steps in Yeppoon's John St where part of their roof was torn off by their neighbours roof. They met with the Governor on Friday who was touring the region in the wake of cyclone Marcia. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin
Tony and Vicki Harris stand on their front steps in Yeppoon's John St where part of their roof was torn off by their neighbours roof. They met with the Governor on Friday who was touring the region in the wake of cyclone Marcia. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin Amy Haydock

Cosgrove visit raises spirits of Cyclone Marcia victims

IT was the view that captured Vicki and Tony Harris' hearts when they bought their family home in Yeppoon's John St 20 years ago.

But the last thing to cross their minds was the possibility of enduring a category 4 cyclone in it.

That became a reality for the pair and thousands of people on the Capricorn Coast after Cyclone Marcia ripped through town last month.

Suffering damage to their roof after a neighbour's roof came flying towards their property, the couple said the water that poured through caused a lot of damage to the rest of their home.

"Because part of the roof was off, the water just spread through the rest of the roof and through the ceilings," Vicki said.

"The roof that hit us ended up two houses down.

"We were just trying to mop up as much water as we could while the cyclone was happening."

Now waiting on insurance, the locals were pleased to get a visit from the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove on Friday, when they toured the region to meet residents affected by Cyclone Marcia, and to thank those who have worked tirelessly in the aftermath.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said His Excellency Peter Cosgrove knows from first-hand experience the importance of the brilliant efforts our community volunteers, emergency service personnel, and recovery team have put in already, as well as the huge task we have in front of us to rebuild the region.



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