Volunteers hailed as flood heroes

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EMERGENCY services personal have been hailed as heroes for their continued vigilance during the wild weather on the weekend.

SES and RFS crew members dropped vital necessities off to the flood ravaged parts of the North Shore on Monday.

For one family, the food drop couldn’t have come at a better time with supplies quickly dwindling.

The Coetzers were relieved when SES members Michael Ward and Ashley Bell dropped off some supplies.

“It’s so good of them, we’re so thankful,” Mrs Coetzer said. “We were doing okay with our supplies, and were able to maintain them for a while, but we started running out of stuff.”

SES crews dropped 31 food parcels off all together with the majority of them going to the RFS who had the job of passing the much needed supplies on.

“Especially some of the people up Maria River Road were in need of supplies,” Mr Ward said.

“The RFS will be delivering them to those people who are still quite isolated. The food packs have a lot of basic essentials that residents may have run out of or are spreading thin.

“Things like bread, milk, wheatbix and fruits and salads.”

Mr Ward thanked the Food For Life store on Bellbowrie Street for packing the parcels to be distributed.

“They were great. They only had a couple of hours notice and they got it done for us and for the people who need it,” he said.

“The commitment from council to get the ferry running again has just been great, too.

“And the residents and the community are just always so helpful as well. It’s been a very coordinated effort by everyone involved.”

The Coetzer family did their bit too.

Mrs Coetzer said her husband Werner and sons Peter and Werner Jnr were all helping fill sandbags at the RFS depot during the worst of the flood.

The rest of the North Shore residents will turn their hand to the heartbreaking clean up ahead of them.

Taisha Steep said she had never seen anything like it before.

“On the Sunday we were watching people go down the street in their boats, with motors going,” she said. “It was really unbelievable. We spent most of the time playing Lego.

“It is so wonderful having the RFS over here, they were fantastic helping everyone that needed it, if it wasn’t for them things would have been much worse.”

She, and son Zen Steep-O’Brien had the task of cleaning up the lower part of their Seagull Street home, but also had to search the immediate area for belongings that had been swept away.

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