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Flood inquiry hears of evacuation confusion

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An SES worker in Condamine has told the Queensland flood inquiry of confusion over who was ultimately in charge of the disaster response and whether evacuations were mandatory or not.

The twice-evacuated small town has been the focus of today's sitting at Dalby on the Western Darling Downs, which follows two days of hearings in Toowoomba.

The Western Darling Downs was badly affected during the summer deluge, with Condamine evacuated on New Year's Eve and January 14.

Local SES deputy controller Glen Taylor says there was confusion about whether the evacuations were voluntary or mandatory on the first occasion.

He says bureaucracy made his job harder and there was also confusion over who was ultimately in charge - Emergency Management Queensland or the Western Downs Regional Council.

Representatives from both agencies will give testimony today.

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