As the sun sets on the recent weather events of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the major flooding that has struck the state recently, officers from the Rockhampton Stock and Rural Crime Squad (SARCIS) want to reassure members of the rural community that they are not forgotten and that officers continue to remain vigilant in protecting the community that they serve.
Polair, the QLD Police helicopter, was recently in Rockhampton and took Rockhampton SARCIS Acting Officer in Charge, Detective Acting Sergeant Benique Howes to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the flood waters in the Yaamba and Rockhampton area.
Detective Acting Sergeant Howes said the sheer volume of water was amazing.
“We were tasked to fly over Rockhampton and Yaamba in an effort to identify any livestock that appeared stranded on small islands of land amongst the water,” Detective Acting Sergeant Howes said.
“Fortunately, we did not locate any livestock in this position and that was most likely due to the efforts of the livestock owners and from local chopper pilots who assisted in pushing livestock onto higher land.
“Unfortunately, we know that there will be a lot of livestock who have become misplaced due to fences being damaged or destroyed or livestock being swept away in waters.
“We would like to remind the community that if you do locate any stranger livestock on your property, to utilise every possible method to identify the owners of the livestock.
“This can be achieved by checking the publicly available, brands database (located on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) website), utilising other forms of social media such as Facebook or talking to neighbours and people in your community, like your local council laws officer.
“If you are still unable to locate the owners of the livestock, we recommend contacting SARCIS, so that livestock can be returned to their rightful owners.
“We also understand that the impact of the recent weather events has a huge impact on people and we encourage people to look out for each other, help each other out and to seek help if they are struggling or if they know someone who is struggling.”