There was a big clean-up on Monday, as cyclone Debbie devastated everything in various parts of Australia. Most of the residents were asked to move to low-lying parts of Logan, Beaudesert and the northern Gold Coast on Friday due to heavy rainfall. Two people were killed and three went missing due to powerful winds blowing through Queensland and New South Wales states. The Logan River raised at 10.4 meters overnight and levels are slowly falling.
New South Wales State Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Mark Morrow said, “It was a huge flood. The mud, combination of chemicals, raw sewage, paint which gets into everything. Two to three metres above floor level.” The severity of damage caused would be known after the water recede, said Ian Stewart, the Police Commissioner. He further added, “The flood situation is still at peak, particularly in Logan area. Hence, sightseers and residents are asked to keep away and to consider the needs to travel today.”
The Rockhampton town would be under threat as it might be hit later this week by its worst flooding in more than 60 years, but authorities said on Monday the calculated peak had now been coming down, although major flood warnings still exist.
Energex power was cut from a number of homes that were affected by floodwaters along the rivers of Albert and Logan for safety concerns. The spokesperson of Energex, Danny Donald estimated that around 600 homes were affected. He said, “You just simply can’t link them back to the network or re-energise them, because you’re facing anything from electrocution because the wiring inside has got wet, to house fires.” He further added that about 4,500 customers were still facing power cut problem in Logan City and 1,200 homes around the Gold Coast Hinterland where access was still a problem.
Authorities are still searching for the three missing people in the flood affected region of Queensland after recovering the body of a man in floodwaters at Logan on Saturday.