Local knowledge ‘lacking'

MARNELL Fuels owner Marty Warburton of Grantham recounted the day of horror he was stranded on the roof of his business.

When the inland tsunami hit on January 10, Mr Warburton said rescuers “lacked local knowledge”.

After the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry section on the Lockyer Valley, Mr Warburton said Queensland Fire and Rescue Service members didn't have local knowledge readily available.

This comes to light as one helicopter pilot was forced to bravely navigate through the storm using the GPS on their iPhone to find roads and landmarks, raising the question of functioning equipment to save lives.

Mr Warburton added some friends of his were not warned by authorities to keep their boats away from rising floodwaters, after he and a friend presented photos and video footage to the inquiry.

He is concerned about when his business will be up and running once again because he is still waiting for confirmation that his insurance claim will be paid out.

Former Grantham resident, Darren Steinhardt, lived in Harris Street and he and his wife Sue are also waiting for insurers to pay.

“We haven't been back. We can either fix it or knock it down,” he said.

He said the rescue would have been more streamlined if more local emergency services crews were involved in guiding rescue teams that weren't local.

“They did a good job, and you can't take that away from people who helped, but they didn't know where to start.”


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