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    Posted February 7, 2011 by
    Townsville, Australia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Cyclone Yasi

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    Townsville Recovering Swiftly From Cyclone Yasi's Onslaught


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Johnske does not have a car and has not seen how far the destruction reaches but knows a few hundred houses in his town were damaged. 'It was a long anxious sleepless night for everyone as a strong storm surge was also predicted, but afterwards a sense of relief and joy when it was determined that there were no fatalities or serious injuries in Townsville and relatively little house or building damage.' That's a good thing too as everyone was informed that no emergency service could be provided until after the cyclone passed.
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    Although it will take a lot more time yet to get completely back to normal, Townsville residents, Council workers, and Australian Defence Force personnel are cleaning up debris, while Ergon Energy electricians are rapidly restoring power needed for essential services in Townsville.

    Five days after Yasi struck, some areas are still without power, but Sunbus services were running today, some schools were open, and major shopping centres were open and rushed by people desperate for supplies to replace those they lost when power to their freezers was cut by wind gusts early Wednesday evening as TC Yasi approached the coast.

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