Jess Groth finds a missing wave runner and trailer in a paddock near her father’s business The Boat Place, which was inundated.
Jess Groth finds a missing wave runner and trailer in a paddock near her father’s business The Boat Place, which was inundated. Renee Pilcher

Victims start clean-up

BITS of boat moulds were found downstream of The Boat Place as the clean-up at the Goomboorian business started yesterday.

Boats on trailers are still missing, mud is covering the inside of George Groth's factory and bits and pieces are still strewn all over the place.

A jet ski and trailer were found more than 100m from the business, an excavator was flooded, a one-tonne steel mould was flipped and a fibreglass pool floated down the creek.

But Mr Groth did not know the extent of the damage or what had gone missing as he had not even started on his own property.

"I've been trying to get them (Goomboorian Landscape Supplies) going first," he said.

Mr Groth was helping his neighbour pack up on Monday when the full force of a flooded Tinana Creek hit the Tin Can Bay Rd businesses and nearby homes.

He had not had the chance to shut the door to his shed.

"Stuff started floating out the factory," Mr Groth said.

"We were trapped on the roof next door; I had to call my neighbours to come and get my boat and rescue us. The water was up to our shoulders.

"I've never seen it like that here. It was four to five feet higher than we've ever seen it.

"Water was lapping over the seat in my bobcat as we tried to move stuff out."

While working to try and stop landscaping supplies from floating away, Mr Groth was trapped.

"We couldn't move out, the current was too strong."

He endured a long wait for help, shivering in the rain, with Goomboorian Landscape Supplies employees.

About 1m of water was flowing through his shed.

Mr Groth is appealing for anyone who finds items missing from his business to phone 5486 5865.

His daughter Jess is also organising volunteers to help Goomboorian's recovery and she can be contacted on the same number.