Daydream Island to be evacuated as water supplies run out
DAYDREAM Island residents are expected to be evacuated by ferry today in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.
Local media reports authorities are working on getting a vessel out to the island, east of Airlie Beach, but the ferry would have to find a new location to moor after the island';s jetty was destroyed by the cyclone.
There are no reports of injuries, but drinking water is running low.
"We have lost water supply in Cannonvale! Conserve what supplies you can! The next few days are going to tough! Be Prepared," a tweet from tourism organisation Whitsundays Online read.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa guests have been told they no longer have access to the region's water supply.
Guests have been supplied with one bottle of water each and have been asked to cooperate, a letter circulated by resort management says.
Efforts are under way to evacuate guests off the island today.
It comes after two of Daydream Island's iconic mermaids were washed into the sea as Tropical Cyclone Debbie hammered the Whitsunday Islands, unleashing catastrophically strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday.
"Daydream Island Resort and Spa has along with surrounding areas borne the brunt of Cyclone Debbie today," a statement from the getaway destination read yesterday.
"Conditions were extreme with heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts causing damage to the resort and surrounds.
"Whilst conditions are still dangerous outside we aren't able to ascertain the full extent of damage, however we can initially advise the following has occurred."
The release then went on to list a number of items which have been damaged including the resort's jetty and pontoons, its spa, the main atrium, accommodation wings and a section of boardwalk and two of the three iconic Mermaid statues which have been swept away.
"The resort's priority at the moment is the ongoing safety of on-island guests and staff who will need to be taken off island as soon as practical.
"Daydream Island is endeavouring to contact all guests arriving on Daydream in the near future."
The damage comes just two months after a refurbishment of the resort was announced in January.
There is presently no word on whether or not the planned $50 million makeover will be impacted by today's damage.