Property managers inundated as Cyclone Debbie nears coast

first_imgFamilies have stocked up on certain items with this Woolworths store in Ayr running out of certain stock like tinned soup two days before Cyclone Debbie was expected to hit the coastline.“We’ve helped a few different shops do that. When we close our doors we’ll sandbag. We believe police will shut main street down at midday. All shops shut now. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re sitting out the front wondering and waiting.”He said there was a good feeling across the community that people were prepared and stocked up, with some places sold out of things like batteries.“A lot of people say what are you sitting there for? At the end of the day we own a business, we own a house, we want to be able to access our property after the cyclone. It’s not something new to us, it’s not something we haven’t had previously, we’ve just got to do our best, help friends and neighbours and hope for the best.” Ayr SES members filling sandbags as part of the preparation for Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Rachel AfflickMr Reguson said there was “nothing really” that residents could do now but wait.“It’s just a part of life living in the tropics. It’s like winning the lotto the wrong way round if it comes to your town. It’s just the worst case scenario. We’re fully insured to face these elements. At the end of the day we’ve just got to ride it out. If it misses us here then some other poor town will get it.”He said in the Ayr CBD through the morning, business owners were helping each other take down swing signs and awnings and laying down sandbags. The Cyclone Shelter in Ayr being prepared for Cyclone Debbie.PROPERTY managers in the path of Cyclone Debbie have been inundated with calls from landlords and tenants as coastal towns prepare to face off against a possible Category 4 storm.David Reguson of Sugar Realty in Ayr said most shops were now shut and families were preparing to “bunker down”.center_img Forecast track map for Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie issued at 11.08am AEST Monday March 27, 2017. Source: BOM“With rentals I know they’ve had quite a few enquiries from landlords and tenants. I’ve been out running around with sandbags and that all morning. People have been ringing to see what to do.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“It’s pretty surreal right now,” he said. “By all accounts we could be in for it.”The danger zone where Cyclone Debbie was expected to make landfall runs between Ayr and Mackay, south of the Townsville region. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast track map for Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie issued at 11.08am AEST had the eye hitting just south of Bowen as a Category 4 storm.last_img read more