Gladstone’s outlying areas not so lucky after cyclone

GLADSTONE may have escaped Cyclone Marcia with minor damage but it's a different story in outlying areas, and Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

Last night Gladstone had no reported issues with electricity to homes, while some customers in the Boyne Valley, Calliope, Biloela, Mt Larcom, Thangool and Jambin waited to be hooked up to the grid.>

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While Gladstone's SES volunteers completed all of their assigned jobs on Saturday afternoon, by late last night many residents in Jambin were still unable to return home.

A massive clean-up will continue this week after Cyclone Marcia left a path of destruction across Queensland.

More SES volunteers are to be sent to devastated areas, including Yeppoon and Rockhampton, as those already on the ground have been working days without much sleep.

About 800 electricity workers are also working to help restore power during the next few days.

Cyclone Marcia felled 1800 powerlines in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

In the south-east, Gympie braced for major flooding through the CBD yesterday as the Mary River burst its banks and inundated homes and businesses.

A major clean-up effort will continue today.

The Sunshine Coast area recorded some of the highest rainfall in the southeast on Saturday.

Between Friday morning and 9am Saturday, 101mm was recorded in Gympie and 198mm in Maroochydore.

Yeppoon and Rockhampton recorded 123mm and 96mm respectively in the 24 hours up to 9am Friday.

They were then drenched with another 96mm and 88mm up until Saturday morning.



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