Staff return to Heron after Ului

AFTER fears that Cyclone Ului would hit the Gladstone Region and the surrounding islands, visitors, guests and staff on Heron and Wilson islands were evacuated for safety reasons.

The two Islands were evacuated as a precaution ahead of the tropical cyclone which went through Airlie Beach and Mackay on Sunday morning. More than 300 people left the islands last Wednesday.

Staff of the Heron Island University of Queensland research centre returned yesterday, as did resort staff, to assess the situation after the cyclone.

Guests and visitors were expected to return to both Heron and Wilson islands today.

Tropical Cyclone Ului hit the shore at a catergory three status and damage to Mackay and Airlie beach was severe.

The clean-up of the towns is under way, but is taking time because of heavy rain and winds.



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