Marcia: Thieves hit new low stealing generators and fuel

Damage in Yeppoon from Cyclone Marcia. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
Damage in Yeppoon from Cyclone Marcia. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

OPPORTUNISTIC thieves have hit a new low in the wake of Cyclone Marcia, with six generators that were installed to keep traffic lights operating disappearing on Saturday night.

Council and main roads workers had six generators in total set up at major intersections across Rockhampton to power the traffic lights.

The thieves came prepared, cutting through chains with bolt cutters to remove the expensive equipment..

As if that wasn't bad enough, when council replaced them with new ones yesterday someone came along soon after and siphoned out the fuel.

Meanwhile, thousands of people across Rockhampton and Yeppoon waited in line for hours to purchase fuel and other supplies from the few stores that were able to open in the wake of the disaster.

Local Disaster Management Group chair Cr Tony Williams said the selfish actions were "the lowest of the low".

"They were the danger points. We don't want to have power outages at traffic lights causing accidents and taking resources away from recovery efforts," he said.

"There's a potential there for an injury if an accident had occurred (because the traffic lights were down)."

At 10pm last night the new generators were removed to ensure they weren't stolen again.

Topics:  cyclone marcia editors picks fuel generators wildweather

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