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As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.
Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:
• Water - Pump stations in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale were damaged during the cyclone and severe thunderstorm that followed. Crews are currently working on fixing these pump stations with generators ready to connect as soon as the repairs are complete.• Sewerage - Generators are now on site at critical pump stations and Ergon Energy crews are arriving in Airlie Beach from Bowen today to connect them.• Power – Council is working with Ergon Energy to reestablish as soon as possible. Ergon will be conducting a rapid damage assessment today and extra Ergon crews are travelling into the Whitsunday region. Ergon’s priorities will be firstly public safety issues including fallen power lines, supplying hospitals and medical centres, then shopping centres.• Food - Whitsunday Food Services and Woolworths Airlie Beach are open• Fuel - Cannonvale BP is open• Waste - Cannonvale Transfer Station open• Open Pharmacies - Day and Night Chemist Whitsunday Village and Live Life Pharmacy, Whitsunday Plaza are open• Open General Practitioners - Whitsunday Family Practice and Dr2You Whitsundays are open
If you are concerned about relatives who require medication, please advise your family members that the below pharmacies are now open for medication.
For those that require power to run medical devices such as home oxygen, please make your way to friends or family with generators or the closest hospital.
Financial welfare assistance: 1800 173 349 or https://www.qld.gov.au/
To hear the latest up-to-date information and official advice, listen to your local radio stations and follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Important phone numbers:
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately.
If you require SES assistance, please call 132 500. The SES’s priority after the event will be providing access to residents (eg. Clearing trees from driveways etc.)
If you need to contact the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre, please call 1300 972 006 and provide information as requested by the telephone operator.
Red Cross has now opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people that may be affected by Cyclone Debbie to get in touch with their families and friends. Please visit www.redcross.org.au to register, or look for someone.