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Former restaurant owner braces for Cyclone Debbie

THE SPINNAKER: Brett Jensen packed up his life in Bundaberg after losing his business two times over during the 2011 and 2013 floods. He now resides in Mackay and is waiting for Cyclone Debbie to hit.
THE SPINNAKER: Brett Jensen packed up his life in Bundaberg after losing his business two times over during the 2011 and 2013 floods. He now resides in Mackay and is waiting for Cyclone Debbie to hit. Max Fleet BUN280611SPN4

AFTER suffering through two floods that left him without a business, ex-Bundaberg man Brett Jensen said he was well-prepared for Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The former owner of Spinnaker Restaurant and Bar on the Burnett River now resides in Mackay with his wife after losing everything two times over in the 2011 and 2013 Bundaberg floods.

In 2011, the Burnett River peaked to 7.92 metres, with flood waters inundating homes and businesses.

In 2013, ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald crossed the Burnett River catchment causing a series of natural disasters including multiple tornadoes and a river peak of 9.52 metres.

Mr Jensen said living through both natural disasters had helped him better prepare for Cyclone Debbie.

"When we had the Spinnaker we were flooded both times but those experiences really schooled us and educated us on how to prepare for a natural disaster," he said.

"We feel quite ready and prepared for Cyclone Debbie."

Mr Jensen said at the moment, he and his partner were holed up in their home waiting for the cyclone.

"It's starting to get a little scary up here," he said.

"We have been told it will reach us by about midday or 1pm."

 

FLOOD BAR BORN: Nigel Jensen, Bruce Dalton and Brett Jensen share a beer at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant during the floods.
FLOOD BAR BORN: Nigel Jensen, Bruce Dalton and Brett Jensen share a beer at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant during the floods.

Mr Jensen said he and his wife had gone through the necessary precautions to make sure their home was safe and secure for when Cyclone Debbie hits.

"The outside dog that stinks like a marathon runner's shoe has had a bath ready to spend a few days inside," he said.

"All of our outdoor furniture is packed up and put away.

"We have been freezing buckets of water in the deep freeze for when the power goes out.

"There is plenty of canned food and a couple of bottles of red wine, because you can drink that hot!"

Mr Jensen said waiting for the storm was surreal.

"It is our third natural disaster but unlike anything we have experienced," he said.

"At the moment it is pretty calm but quite windy and it has got quite hairy at times."

"It is definitely scary but this time around we don't have a business to lose."

Mr Jensen will be keeping in contact with the NewsMail throughout the day as Cyclone Debbie hits.

 

Cyclone Debbie
Cyclone Debbie

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