Tannie Pugh puts sandbags in place outside the L.J. Hooker office on the Esplanade at Scarness.
Tannie Pugh puts sandbags in place outside the L.J. Hooker office on the Esplanade at Scarness. Alistair Brightman

Businesses sandbagged as cyclone Marcia looms

CAMPGROUNDS and a cafe have been closed, shops stripped of staple foods and homes and businesses sandbagged as Tropical Cyclone Marcia carrying wild winds and torrential rain approaches the Fraser Coast.

The Bureau of Meterology predicts the most severe conditions will reach the region on Friday with up to 400mm of rain expected to cause flooding.

Enzo's on the Beach was closed on Thursday while employees worked to secure the Scarness cafe in preparation for Friday's weather.

Only closing his cafe in the most severe weather, owner Enzo Andreuzzi used Thursday's relatively calm weather to prepare for the cyclone.

"We've secured the place as good as we can in case the wind turns into a northerly," he said.

Expected to come from an easterly direction, the damage to the region's beaches may be reduced.

Mr Andreuzzi said those winds had pushed about a metre of sand up the beach.

The real test for the region's beaches will happen on Friday and Saturday with high tides at 9.30am and 9.44pm on Friday and 10.05am and 10.30pm on Saturday.

Roger Currie was out at Toogoom on Thursday watching mature trees falling from the revegetated areas near the Toogoom rock wall.

"The paperbark that went down this morning was probably 80 to 90 years old," he said.

Hervey Bay's beaches "escaped pretty lightly" on Thursday, infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald said.

But he was concerned about the potential for damage during Friday's high tides.

"I was a little concerned at how little margin we have between the waterline and our parks," he said.

"Our foreshore does not have a significant hill or buffer.

"We are very much at the mercy of the sea."

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has a stockpile of sand near the Seafront Oval and machinery to push it onto the beach should it be required.

More sand is pushed up the beach at Torquay after Thursday morning's high tide.
More sand is pushed up the beach at Torquay after Thursday morning's high tide. Alistair Brightman

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move their car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that people:

  • Stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
  • Check their property regularly for erosion or inundation by seawater and, if necessary, raise goods and electrical items.

For emergency assistance, phone the SES on 132 500. 

 

Erosion around a stormwater outlet on Torquay beach.
Erosion around a stormwater outlet on Torquay beach. Alistair Brightman