99% Power Restored 2 Weeks After Tropical Cyclone Debbie

99% Power Restored 2 Weeks After Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Two Weeks After Cyclone Debbie-99% Power Restored, 42,000 Aid Grants Paid

Victor P Taffa

Two weeks after severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast, electricity has been restored to 99% of customers and $16 Million in assistance paid to affected Queenslanders.

Visiting the Whitsunday region today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said electricity was to be restored for 450 of 64,550 customers who lost power thanks to the hard work of more than 1,200 Energy Queensland workers and contractors.

“More than 1,000 customers were restored yesterday. To date, 99% of customers in Airlie Beach have been restored. Work continues in Bloomsbury, Dingo Beach, Shute Harbour, and Strathdickie. ” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Premier Palaszczuk said assistance paid to affected Queenslanders, under the joint Commonwealth State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, was increasing rapidly.

More than 42,000 grants have been paid out to Queenslanders in need following TC Debbie, totalling more than $16.6 Million.

Community Recovery Hotline has received more than 44,000 total calls to date.

Immediate Hardship Payments of $180 per person or up to $900 for a family of 5 or more, to help cover the cost of essential items such as food, clothing, medicine and accommodation.

The Government has deployed 483 Ready Reserve staff to boost recovery efforts, together with its partners Red Cross, St. Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army and Uniting Care Queensland.