Residents plead for information
GRANTHAM residents who survived an eight-metre wall of water that ripped through their small community, killing friends and family, are now being told it could be several weeks before they can return to their homes.
Twenty people have died in the flash floods and 12 are still missing, with search and rescue still being carried out in the village.
Emotions were running high in the small Lockyer Valley community where up to 100 residents feel they were being left in the dark.
One resident who fled the horrific “nightmare” and was now staying at the Grantham State School said all residents wanted was to be “kept up to date”.
“We just want to know when we can return to our homes, because the longer we wait the harder it's going to be to clean up and save what we can,” he said.
“For some of us, we just need to see how bad the damage really is and start working through everything so we can get our insurance sorted and get our lives back in order.”
The resident said the entire ordeal was traumatic for everyone involved.
Yesterday residents were told they could not return to their homes until the search and rescue was completed. Those who wanted to see their homes could talk to an officer who would take photos of their home for them.
Premier Anna Bligh said another victim, found on Sunday in a Grantham home, was that of a “mature-aged” woman. The body was recovered from a house which had been searched twice before.
“People I hope will understand the pressure that the police are working under in these sorts of circumstances and will be patient,” Ms Bligh said.
“They are working as hard as they can to be in a position to allow people back into Grantham as quickly as possible.”