Massive clean-up underway after Cyclone Marcia sweeps QLD

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

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

About 800 electricity workers will also work to help restore power during the next few days.

Cyclone Marcia caused 1800 powerlines to fall in the 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.

Flood victims have also been told that water contamination would only occur if any water treatment plants or sewerage works overflowed.

"That's not happened yet but (local governments) are keeping a very close eye on it," Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said.

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

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

Vehicles were making their own detours around road blocks like this one on Norman Road, Rockhampton, following Cyclone Marcia. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / Morning Bulletin
Vehicles were making their own detours around road blocks like this one on Norman Road, Rockhampton, following Cyclone Marcia. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

Yeppoon and Rockhampton recorded 123mm and 96mm respectively in the 24 hours up to 9am Friday. They were then dumped with another 96mm and 88mm up until Saturday morning.

The state government has announced funding assistance for about 100 Yeppoon families who could not return home as their houses were ripped apart.

Councils eligible for this National Disaster Recovery and Relief funding including Livingstone, Rockhampton and Banana. But Ms Palaszczuk said this would be expanded in the coming days.

The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew has taken these photographs while on a mission to airlift a patient from Gympie Hospital this morning.
The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew has taken these photographs while on a mission to airlift a patient from Gympie Hospital this morning. Courtesy RACQ CareFlight Rescue

Dr Young also issued a health warning for people venturing into flood waters.

She said hospitals had received an increase in the number of patients, but most cyclone or flood-related injuries were only minor.

Dr Young also said there was always an increase in skin diseases and infections following floods.

She said flood waters contained mud, which had lots of organisms in it.

"So make sure you cover yourself up, good solid footwear is really important," she said.

Cuts should be covered with waterproof bandages and disinfected later. - APN NEWSDESK


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