INNISFAIL NOT OUT OF DANGER ZONE YET
CYCLONE WAIT GATHERS MASSIVE STRENGTH OFF THE COAST
From the Courier Mail :"Heavy rainfall has disrupted the flow of relief supplies today to cyclone-devastated north Queensland.
"Torrential rains lashed coastal areas between Cairns and Ingham overnight, with falls of up to 300mm recorded in the 12 hours to 9am (AEST). Rain has caused significant rises in the Tully and Murray rivers and moderate to major flooding in smaller coastal streams.
The Bruce Highway between Innisfail and Townsville is closed while the Bruce Highway has been shut north of Cardwell at Euramo. The roads, which also have been significantly damaged by flood waters, are not expected to reopen until at least midday on Saturday.
Bottled water, a field kitchen, portable toilets, generators and meals have been delivered to Innisfail as part a massive relief effort underway there in the wake of Cyclone Larry.
Up to 55mm of rain was recorded in one hour in the town, which bore the maximum category five cyclone early Monday."
Supplies being sent to Innisfail include:
23 pallets of water (7,000 litres)
one field kitchen (caters for 200 people for 24 hours)
16,000 ration packs (48,000 meals)
6,000 in-flight meals provided by Qantas
50 barbecues and gas bottles
500 stretchers and sleeping bags
one shower unit (catering for 120 people an hour)
a small medical aid facility
a water purification trailer (able to produce 7,000 litres of water an hour)
Some 2,000 pizzas were being delivered to Innisfail from this afternoon.