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Victorian emergency services return from Queensland

3 April 2017

A contingent of Victorian emergency service personnel returns home today after assisting Queensland with the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The first team of 10 MFB swift-water rescue personnel is returning today, after supporting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that have conducted close to 200 swift water rescues.

More than 20 Victorian emergency services personnel remain in Queensland providing planning, operational and recovery support along with 35 Victorian Red Cross personnel assisting with relief and recovery.

The MFB team took part in some significant rescues during their deployment, including one south of Brisbane on Friday in which three women and two babies were rescued.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsunday Coast and Airlie Beach on Tuesday leaving behind a trail of destruction and massive community impacts. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie cut off roads and communities throughout south-east Queensland, and communities continue to be severely impacted.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Victoria is on stand-by to provide extra support to Queensland as needed.

“The impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the aftermath of severe weather, flash flooding and rising floodwaters, has had an enormous impact on Queensland.

“We are fortunate enough to be in a position in Victoria where we can send resources and personnel to help the emergency services and Queensland communities through this difficult time.”

“Even though the weather has calmed in Queensland, the impacts of this event would be felt for months to come. Recovery from cyclones, floods and weather events can take a significant amount of time and resources and Victoria is on stand-by to provide support as needed.

“It’s great to see our emergency services coming together as one to support our Queensland colleagues and communities.”

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