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Savage storm leaves estimated $450,000 trail of destruction for CareFlight

RACQ CareFlight Rescue is this morning counting the costs of a savage storm that left a trail of destruction estimated at close to half a million dollars.

Two of the iconic Queensland not-for-profit’s helicopters were damaged at the Archerfield Base during yesterday’s intense storm.

“The storm arrived so quickly that one of the helicopters, along with its crew, was caught outside during the intense storm,” CareFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde said.

“The other helicopter was inside the hanger but has water damage after the hangar doors were torn off by the winds.

“We are just thankful that no one was hurt.”

Two $25,000 tail rotors have been destroyed and at least one of the main rotors, valued at $100,000 will need to be replaced.

A tail boom is also damaged and water flooding the second helicopter is estimated at $50,000.

“We will now have to find the money to replace this equipment and that won’t be easy,” Mr van de Velde said.

“CareFlight will be looking for whatever community support it can.”

RACQ CareFlight remains operational despite the Archerfield destruction.

“Our other four bases at Toowoomba, Bundaberg and on the Gold and Sunshine coasts are still going about their day to day work of treating and transferring people in their greatest time of need.”