United they stand against all odds
IN his first day as manager of Albion Street’s United servo, Wes Peterson and his staff were forced to flee the premises as water gushed through the forecourt.
For new owner Srinivas Pushpa, it was devesting to see his latest business venture in ruins. Still, they immediately cleaned up, and with a stoiceffort managed to reopen their doors once again.
Tragedy struck once more, two weeks later, when theCondamine River broke its banks and inundated the servo, destroying everything in its path.
For most, enough would be enough, but Mr Pushpa, who took over on December 17 – just 10ays before the first flood – is determined to get up and running again.
“We don’t know how much it’s cost us yet. We haven’t been able to count the cost, MrPushpa said.
“The landlord has been helping with the clear-up and United was with us helping.”
Mr Pushpa, who also owns the servo in Wallace Street and one in Toowoomba, was stuck in Toowoomba the day thesecond flood hit.
“We reopened after a couple of days and then I went to Toowoomba, but with the roads closed I couldn’t get back to Warwick.
“My manager phoned me and said it was happening again. It’s very hard it happened twice.”
Mr Pushpa said he was fearful it could happen again, but he could only keep his fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Manager, Mr Peterson told the Daily News he had just come from Toowoomba and December 27 was his first shift in charge at the servo.
“I pretty much drove in here then we had to evacuate,” he said.
He said it was heartbreaking for him and the eight people who are employed at the servo to see it happen twice.