Significant flooding has occurred in areas of South East Queensland including Ipswich, Caboolture and Brisbane during January 11-13, 2011.
Search and rescue efforts continue in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley searching for people who remain missing following the flash flooding on 10 January 2011. A hotline has been established for relatives and friends concerned about people affected by the flooding in these areas. The number is 1300 993 191.
The flooding across Queensland has submerged dozens of towns – some three times – and left an area the size of Germany and France combined under water. Highways and rail lines have been washed away in the disaster, which is shaping up to be Australia’s costliest. Damage estimates were already at $5 billion before the floodwaters swamped Brisbane.
At least 61 people are still missing, most of them from around Toowoomba, a city west of Brisbane that saw massive flash floods on Monday. Fourteen died in that flood alone, including two whose bodies were found on Thursday.
“We now face atask of postwar proportions,” the state premier, Anna Bligh stated.