Death toll 18 with 14 ‘missing'

THE death toll from last Monday's devastating flash flood in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba stands at 18, and 14 people are still “missing”.

The number rose late yesterday afternoon after the body of a middle-aged man was found in a pile of debris near Lockyer and Gatton Creeks, between Helidon and Withcott.

Tragically most of the residents who have lost family and friends have also lost their homes and all their possessions, particularly in the small Lockyer Valley community of Grantham.

Police sources fear the death toll could exceed 40.

A police spokesman said in a statement a “thorough search for people missing from the Lockyer Valley is ongoing, but will take time given the scale of the area”.

Some of the people who have died in the floods are:

Donna Marie Rice, 43, Jordan Rice, 13 (Toowoomba).

Name known (next of kin to be advised) male, 56 (Murphys Creek).

Name known (next of kin to be advised) female, 46 (Murphys Creek).

Llynch-Chianne Clarke, female, 31 (Grantham).

Female child, five (Grantham).

Male child, 12. (Grantham).

Jean Gurr, female, 88. (Grantham).

Pauline Lesley Magner, 65, (Gatton).

Male child, 4, (Marburg).

Name known (next of kin to be advised) male, 66 (Grantham).

Selwyn Hector Schefe, male, 52 (Grantham).

Robert John Kelly, 30, (Dalby).

Unidentified female, (Grantham).

Van Toan Giang, 24, (Durack).

Those still missing in the Lockyer Valley include Grantham grandmother Dawn Radke and her 23-month-old granddaughter, Jessica Keep.

Police said yesterday it may still be several days before Grantham residents are allowed to inspect their homes.

“It's a crime scene and we can't let anyone in unless they have proper authority,” one officer said.

“The last thing we want is for these traumatised residents to find a body in their back yard.”



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