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Blue Care facilities escape major damage

Queensland's largest not-for-profit service provider, Blue Care, is in clean-up mode following the wild weather caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Executive Director Robyn Batten said it was the third time in two years that Blue Care had launched its organisation-wide disaster management plan.

"For almost two weeks the wild weather presented challenges for our team of 10000 staff and volunteers.

Almost all of the 80 communities we operate in were affected and we were ready for worst-case scenarios.

"We were fortunate our 260 sites were not significantly inundated with water, though power and network outages, service isolation, fierce winds and rising waters were some of the challenges our staff faced.

In some central Queensland communities there were crocodiles and snakes to watch out for too.

"We were also accommodating residents of other services whose aged-care facilities were flooded."

Blue Care residential facilities were isolated in Emerald, Lowood, Gympie, Toogoolawah, Rockhampton and Gladstone. Facilities in Logan and Bundaberg were prepared to evacuate.