Husband missing in Cyclone Debbie found safe

David and Jenny Clarke. David has been missing since Cyclone Debbie hit on Tuesday. Picture: Supplied
David and Jenny Clarke. David has been missing since Cyclone Debbie hit on Tuesday. Picture: Supplied

A MAN reported missing during Cyclone Debbie has been found safe, Channel 9 reports.

EARLIER: A WOMAN is desperately seeking help to find her husband who she last spoke to during the peak of Cyclone Debbie when he called to say the roof was coming off their house.

Jenny Clarke said she spoke to her husband David Clarke, 68, about 10am on Tuesday when he called her to say the roof had lifted off their house on Patullo Rd, Proserpine.

"He called me to say the roof had come off and the ceiling caved in, one of the side doors was blown off and he pushed something heavy against it.

"I'm so worried ... I can't remember exactly but he said something like 'I'm not going to win this one'," she said.

Mrs Clarke, who is currently in hospital at Townsville, said she contacted emergency services but they were unable to help due to the dangerous conditions.

"I called the police at about 10.30am but there was nothing they could do because of the lockdown so I have no idea what has happened," she said.




Proserpine man David Clarke has had no contact with his wife since Tuesday.
Proserpine man David Clarke has had no contact with his wife since Tuesday.

Mrs Clarke said her husband has a respiratory condition and she is "consumed with worry and guilt" about not being at home with him.

"I'm passed the point of worrying about whether he's injured because if he had been he would be dead by now," she said.

Jenny Clarke's desperate post asking for help to find her husband, David, missing after Cyclone Debbie. Image: Facebook

Ms Clarke said she would hire a car to drive to Proserpine tomorrow if she could but doesn't know if the roads will be open.

"I'm just a pensioner so if I am going to hire a car, I need to know I would actually be able to use it."


She has been desperately posting in local community groups on Facebook searching for information about her husband.

"I saw a neighbour of mine who lives down the road responded to my post but it's so dark and late now that she can't go check on the house until the morning," she told The Courier-Mail late on Tuesday night.

Ms Clarke said she and David moved to their "dream home" near Proserpine from Mount Isa about three years ago.

"The house is near new… plus we weren't even in the evacuation zone," she said.

Ms Clarke said her husband would know she would be "very, very worried about him".

As Ms Clarke's social media plea spread many people tried to reach her house to see if David was OK.

Thomas Hinterdorfer from Higgins Storm Chasers said he had people from Proserpine trying to make the drive out to the Clarke's house but floods and storm damage had prevented them from reaching it.

"I've got three people who could visit in the morning (Wednesday) but due to the power lines being down and damage they can't do it tonight as it would be too risky," he said.

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