How devastating it is to see the effects of the recent floods and erosion at Queensland beaches. I visited a couple of our local Gold Coast beaches over the weekend and it’s heartbreaking to see the havoc caused by the latest weather events.
Many of the old salts down at the Southport Surf Club in Main Beach had tears in their eyes as the platforms were washed away by the pounding surf and floated away. It’s the same story up and down the Coast as platforms, showers and public infrastructure is destroyed by the wild seas. Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach have also been hard hit with Gold Coast City Council workers having to move surf towers using overhead cranes. Foreshore stability is also a major concern however this issue cannot be addressed until the weather subsides. And it looks like continuing for at least another week.
The sand erosion and beach fronts are unrecognisable as trees are uprooted and the beach front is chewed up. Unfortunately damage costs will be in the millions but I sincerely hope the beachfront can return to its former beauty – only time will tell.
The recent flood damage is equally devastating. Peoples homes have been flooded and private property destroyed. Our team has been busy travelling the length of the Queensland Coast attempting to offer what help they can for home owners and marina operators that need assistance. We hope everyone keeps safe during this difficult time.
More information on ABC News and Goldcoast.com.au