BIG PICTURE: Image of Tropical Cyclone Marcia captured yesterday.
BIG PICTURE: Image of Tropical Cyclone Marcia captured yesterday. Earthnullschoolnet

‘Don’t venture out unless it is safe’

LOCALISED flooding, road closures, trees and fallen power

lines were expected to greet residents this morning.

"We have a couple of trees down at the moment and we can probably expect a few more," Gladstone SES group leader Robert Deflorian said yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services planned to meet this morning as the Gladstone Regional Disaster Management Group decides how to best move forward with the clean-up.

"We will be compiling reports and keeping an eye on where all the water is running, which roads will have to be closed, and where there are any fallen trees or power lines," Mr Deflorian said.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said if the storm had passed, and if it was safe to do so, residents should begin to clean up.

"We've got two days to recover, as long as the cyclone has moved on.

"Check your yard, make sure everything is working, check on your neighbours, give your friends a call, but please don't go sightseeing."

Cr Sellers said emergency services were pleased with how few people went "sight-seeing" yesterday.

"Gladstone region has done us proud," she said.

"Our residents have been so good and we ask that everyone continue to help our emergency services by staying at home - not driving around looking at damage."

Last night she said the group was keeping a close eye on residents in the Boyne Valley and Calliope.

"It's still tracking through the Boyne Valley there.

"The big thing is to keep everyone safe and stay inside."

Who you going to call?

Don't call the SES directly, please call 13 25 00 to request assistance.



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