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Timeline: Five years on from deadly Brisbane and south-east Queensland floods

Friday February 23, 2018 - 13:21 EDT

Brisbane, Ipswich and several towns in south-east Queensland were hit by deadly floods in January 2011. Look back at how the disaster unfolded and what happened afterwards.


Seven feared dead

January 10, 2011

Seven people are feared dead after a on Queensland's Darling Downs.

Four deaths were confirmed, with two women and a girl also feared dead at Grantham as a flash flood swept through the Lockyer Valley town. Several other people were missing in the region.

Sodden south-east Queensland residents are on edge .

Death toll reaches nine

January 11, 2011

The after another body is found.

Brisbane River amid dire predictions of the biggest floods to hit Queensland's capital since 1974.

Authorities urge people to stay calm as .

Authorities say the .

Ipswich inundated, Brisbane braces

January 12, 2011

As parts of Brisbane await their fate, .

Queensland flood crisis reaches new heights, with , a rising death toll and 90 people still missing.

Thousands of people are as the Brisbane River hits the first of two predicted major tidal flood peaks in the Queensland capital.

Brisbane prepares for the full impact of its worst flooding in more than 100 years, with .

Premier confirms first Brisbane death

January 13, 2011

Police said no bodies were found in the wreckage of up to at the height of the floods in the Lockyer Valley.

A Toowoomba survivor .

The , but authorities still warn there will be widespread devastation.

The floods , with residents taking the ongoing crisis in their stride.

Queensland premier Anna Bligh , as she warns the state faced a post-war task in rebuilding after the deluge.

Flood clean-up begins

January 14, 2011

The Brisbane as the river retreats.

The receding floodwaters start to .

Police say about 50 .

Authorities also warn some Brisbane residents may remain .

Major inner Brisbane road partially re-opened

January 15, 2011

Police , but authorities say the floods may have caused serious structural damage to the road.

Flooded , with about 3,000 homes flooded.

Thousands of volunteers around Brisbane and Ipswich have been .

Death toll hits 18; identities released

January 16, 2011

An in the Queensland floods after the body of a middle-aged man was found in a large pile of debris in the Lockyer Valley.

Police in floods.

Flood inquiry announced

January 17, 2011

Queensland premier Anna Bligh , as she confirms the death toll in the disaster has risen to 20.

Grantham residents allowed to return

January 18, 2011

Grantham eight days after the deadly flood.

An Australian Defence Force to locate sunken debris that could pose a risk to boats.

Weary as the clean-up continues.

Concerns over flood debris

January 19, 2011

Grantham residents ask for privacy as they .

Most of the 20 deaths from the southern Queensland floods were in the Lockyer Valley.

Much of south-east Queensland's , scientists warn.

Formal move to recovery mode

January 21, 2011

Premier Anna Bligh says there will be , not just in Brisbane.

The Premier also as the state formally moves to recovery mode.

Scientists say the floods have carried tonnes of fresh water, nutrients and pesticides to the ocean, placing .

Insurance claims reach $1 billion; death toll hits 22

January 24, 2011

Insurers say they have received from flood victims.

The death toll .

State allocates $1.5 billion to recovery

January 28, 2011

The Queensland Government in a revised state budget.

Commission releases report

March 16, 2012

More than a year later, the into the disaster.

The long-awaited report includes more than 6 million pages of evidence, 345 witnesses and 170 recommendations ranging from flood mapping to emergency responses and dam management.

Survivors call for new investigation

March 17, 2012

Survivors of the Lockyer Valley flood , calling for a new investigation into the 2011 disaster.

Coroner delivers findings into all 25 deaths

June 5, 2012

The coroner in the floods.

Grantham in the Lockyer Valley suffered the greatest number of deaths, losing 12 people during the disaster.

Thirteen others were killed in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Spring Bluff, Murphy's Creek, Postman's Ridge, Minden, Helidon, Karrabin and Brymaroo.

Wivenhoe engineers cleared of criminal misconduct

August 21, 2012

The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) during the January 2011 floods in Brisbane.

The CMC said there was no evidence to suggest John Tibaldi, Robert Ayre and Terry Malone had engaged in criminal misconduct.

Second Grantham inquiry announced

May 5, 2015

into the Grantham flood, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tells Parliament.

New inquiry begins

May 11, 2015

into the deadly floods that ravaged the town of Grantham in the Lockyer Valley.

Grantham findings reveal quarry played little role in flood

October 8, 2015

The Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry delivers its final report, ruling that and its owners were unjustly blamed.



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