40 feared dead in Grantham

AROUND 40 people are now feared to have died when a wall of water smashed into the tiny Lockyer Valley community of Grantham.

The official disaster death toll stood at 15 last night, but residents of the town and police sources have said they expect the number of confirmed dead to soar in the next few days.

The number of missing across the entire Lockyer Valley stands at 61. The ADF arrived in the town yesterday to help the search for victims of the flood.

Yesterday, locals fought back tears as they recalled the torrent of water that struck their town on Tuesday.

One woman told The Queensland Times: “There are still dozens of people that haven’t been found. After experiencing first-hand the ferocity of the water that came through here ... it’s unlikely they are still alive.”

“It’s awful to say that. They are our friends and family, but we need to face the facts.”

Meanwhile, the appalling extent of the damage suffered by Ipswich is slowly becoming apparent.

The repair bill has been estimated at $100m.

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