Cowboys coach Paul Green was engaged on Monday in a massive evacuation of players, staff and their families after the worst floods on record have devastated the Townsville community.
John Asiata, Scott Bolton and club legend Antonio Winterstein have swung into action and were rescuing players and local residents by boat as the unfolding situation impacted an entire community.
Ben Barba and his family have been evacuated, as have plenty of Cowboys players and staff.
Green, club director of football Peter Parr and acting chief operating officer Micheal Luck got together on Monday morning and came up with a plan about how they approached the logistical challenge confronting them.
The Cowboys, as a club, have bound together to deal with the results of more than a week of heavy rain.
"Today is about taking a head count and making sure everyone is accounted for and is safe and secure," Green told NRL.com on Monday morning.
"The second thing is about organising some short-term accommodation for everyone.
"A lot of the guys – staff and players included – live in Idalia which is right in the centre of the worst part of the flooding.
"We have just got everyone out. We are just waiting on one more, Benny Hampton, and that is everyone safe. We had families staying in evacuation centres last night so we have just got them all out of those centres now and are organising places for them to stay with other staff and in rooms we have got organised."
Players such as Hampton, Gavin Cooper, Jake Granville, Ethan Lowe and Nene Macdonald have all been affected along with staff members David Fairleigh, Glenn Hall and high performance chief Michael Dobbin who recently moved from Western Australia with his family.
Some of them were only evacuated at 2.30am on Monday morning, from where they were taken to the evacuation centres.
"We've only just managed to get them all out of there now and get them into accommodation," Green said.
"We are just working through that now."
Green said he understood Hampton was safe, with Bolton on the way to rescue him by boat.
"Benny didn't want get in a tinnie because he has got hunting dogs and was worried they might bite someone," Green chuckled.
"So he was waiting for Scott Bolton to come and pick him up. Bolts is getting his tinnie and has dogs himself, so he knows what they are like. They have hunted together before so that is why he is waiting for Bolts."
Asiata and Winterstein have already been given high praise on social media for their selfless acts on behalf of a stricken community.
Football, and who will play fullback for the Cowboys this year, is the farthest thing from Green's mind today. Barba's contract was terminated by the Cowboys on Friday after he was alleged to have assaulted his partner at a Townsville casino on Australia Day.
A sad situation for Barba's family, who also lived in Idalia, has been compounded by the fact that they too were impacted by the floods. The Cowboys are ensuring Barba and his family's welfare is paramount and they will be staying at the home of club legend Matthew Bowen.
"Ben Barba was one of the guys in the evacuation centre. He is staying at Matty Bowen's place now so we are making sure that his family is alright too," Green said.
"We made sure he got out of the evacuation centre alright."
Green said the natural disaster devastating Townsville was far from over.
"It is the worst flood they have ever had and it is not finished yet. We have still got more rain coming. It is about to get heavier today and continue up until Sunday," Green said.