And as the students were isolated at the adventure park, with no foreseeable way out, authorities were forced to start a rescue effort. Fortunately, the army managed to get food supplies to them, despite the adverse weather conditions.
There was also a plan to move the kids out of the area by plane – but, with more rain on the way, the operation had to run against the clock. Nevertheless, the children were eventually rescued, and in a March 2018 interview with The Courier-Mail, State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee would praise those who helped in the effort as “outstanding.”
Hundreds of homes in the state of Queensland were affected by the torrential rainfall during the period, too. When the banks of the Herbert River burst, for example, flood water flowed through residential areas, causing widespread damage to private properties.