Clean up began in the early hours on Scarness Esplanade. The Scarness Beachside Caravan Park was closed for safety reasons.
Clean up began in the early hours on Scarness Esplanade. The Scarness Beachside Caravan Park was closed for safety reasons. Valerie Horton

Clean-up to continue on the Coast

THE region's disaster coordinator has warned the clean-up following the weekend's severe storms could take days.

Emergency crews have been out across the region removing debris from roads and footpaths.

Fraser Coast Regional Council disaster planning coordinator Mal Churchill warned it would not happen quickly.

"There is a lot of clean-up that needs to be done and that would take some time," Mr Churchill said.

"There is certainly a lot of environmental damage done and there are cars damaged by rubbish or branches falling."

Council crews have been spotted on Charlton Esplanade in Scarness and Torquay removing branches and putting debris through a wood chipper since Saturday morning.

But Mr Churchill warned their efforts were often hampered by people coming to take a look at the damage.

"The rubber-neckers become a problem and interfere without operations," he said.

"If you want to go and sticky beak then why don't you go and offer to help."

Mr Churchill said council was prepared if predicted storms or flooding hit the region.



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