Motorist first to give evidence

11.20am: MOTORIST John Ryall was the first to give evidence at today’s Flood Commission hearing in Goondiwindi.

The Victoria man was travelling from Canberra to Brisbane on December 28 and said he had an idea of the flooding in Queensland but was unsure of which way to go.

He told the Commission he could not find any information on the road situation north of the New South Wales border, despite calling the SES, NRMA, visitor information centres and tuning in to the radio.

According to Mr Ryall, the authorities presumed he had access to a computer, which he did not.

He suggested there needed to be a co-ordinated interstate information service, available 24 hours a day.

District Disaster Co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Greg Morrow is now giving evidence of the flood events both in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi.



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