Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mayor Blasts Stayers; Marooned Flood Victims Might Miss out on Food Drops

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mayor Blasts Stayers; Marooned Flood Victims Might Miss out on Food Drops

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ROCKHAMPTON'S mayor has lashed out at residents who have refused to abandon flooded homes, warning they could be on their own.

River heights remain at dangerous levels in the central Queensland city, just shy of Fitzroy River's 9.2-metre peak on Wednesday. They are expected to remain above the major flood level of 8.5 metres for up to a week.

Mayor Brad Carter said a handful of stubborn residents had refused to evacuate, and some were now demanding food drops.

But he warned they could be on their own, and emergency services personnel would not risk their own lives to deliver help.

aIf these residents want to stay in their homes a that's their decision, we won't force them out,a he said yesterday.

aHowever we want to remind them that the water level will be high for more than one week after the peak yesterday, and we will not be able to resupply them.a

He expressed frustration that even parents with children had ignored warnings to get out, branding them irresponsible. …

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