The clean up is well under way with council crews and volunteers clearing fallen trees caused by Cyclone Marcia from roads around Yeppoon. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
The clean up is well under way with council crews and volunteers clearing fallen trees caused by Cyclone Marcia from roads around Yeppoon. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Marcia teaches disaster lesson to Rockhampton council staff

FROM power outages to water worries, Rockhampton Regional Council dealt with it all in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia.

While council is well versed in dealing with floods, Marcia brought a range of new challenges to the table and ultimately provided a learning experience for the RRC team.

With the support of adjoining local governments, RRC expanded its 300-person strong staff to 800 to deal with the event, as well as hiring contractors from both within and without the region.

A report presented yesterday showed that during and after the cyclone, the Local Disaster Co-ordination Centre logged 5445 tasks, which were then directed to the SES, Ergon Energy, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, ambulance, police and various council departments.

While the majority of the tasks have been completed, council is still working to complete a further 733.

More than 700 SES, along with rural fire volunteers and ADF personnel, also helped in the recovery.



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