Timeline: Grantham and Toowoomba floods - five years onSaturday January 9, 2016 - 10:24 EDT
Five years ago, Toowoomba, Grantham and several towns in Queensland's Lockyer Valley were hit by deadly floods. Look back on a timeline of how the disaster unfolded.
Torrent of water hits Toowoomba, lives lost
January 10, 2011
Seven people are feared dead after a on Queensland's Darling Downs.
Four deaths are confirmed, with two women and a girl also feared dead at Grantham after a flash flood swept through the Lockyer Valley town.
Several other people are missing in the region.
Fears for more victims in small Lockyer Valley towns
January 11, 2011
The after another body is found, with fears the toll could double.
About 59 people remain missing after the torrent of water raged down the Great Dividing Range at Toowoomba, crashing through several smaller towns, including Grantham and Murphy's Creek, in the Lockyer Valley below.
Relief as railway bridge 'war scene' inspected
January 13, 2011
Police say no bodies have been found in the wreckage of up to at the height of the floods.
The deputy commissioner describes the find as "the one bit of good news" to come from the Lockyer Valley that day, describing the area as "a war scene".
Commission of inquiry launched as death toll rises
January 17, 2011
Queensland premier Anna Bligh , as she confirms the death toll in the disaster has risen to 20.
A Supreme Court judge, a former police commissioner and a dam expert are named to conduct the year-long inquiry.
Ten people remain missing.
Disaster area opens to locals
January 18, 2011
Grantham eight days after the deadly flood.
Devastated residents return home
January 19, 2011
Residents of Grantham plead for privacy as they start returning .
Most of the 20 deaths from the southern Queensland floods are in the Lockyer Valley.
Ms Bligh describes the "evidence of terror" left in the area.
Taskforce chief visits shattered community
January 24, 2011
The head of the flood recovery taskforce, Major-General Mick Slater, , one of the worst-affected communities in the Lockyer Valley.
Members of Sydney's Lakemba Mosque join in the clean-up, saying it is their duty to help.
Survivors of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires also deliver food supplies and offer words of comfort to residents in Grantham.
Hunt continues for victims
January 25, 2011
Authorities continue to .
Across Queensland, 35 people had died in flood-related incidents since November 30.
Nine people are still missing.
Sightseers urged to stay away
February 8, 2011
The but residents ask sightseers to stay away.
Authorities continue a .
Parliament pauses to remember victims
February 15, 2011
State Parliament marks , beginning the sitting year with a minute's silence for flood victims.
"This summer will be remembered as a story of devastation and of horror, a story of fragility and vulnerability, but also a story of hope and inspiration," Ms Bligh says.
Royal distraction for Grantham residents
March 20, 2011
Grantham residents brave wet weather to .
The Prince spends time with the families hardest hit by the floods and with those who performed rescues throughout the ordeal.
Legislation boosts rebuilding process
March 24, 2011
Ms Bligh tells Parliament Grantham will be the first community to be declared a special area under the Queensland Reconstruction Authority legislation, .
The Mayor of the Lockyer Valley says most residents want to build on higher ground.
Property prospects improve for Lockyer Valley victims
June 7, 2011
Work starts on a .
The Mayor predicts up to 90 per cent of affected residents will move in.
First anniversary marked with memorial service
January 10, 2012
About 1,000 people , west of Brisbane, to remember those who died in the 2011 flash floods.
Then-prime minister Julia Gillard, governor-general Quentin Bryce and Ms Bligh speak at the service.
Residents in Toowoomba and Grantham also attend memorial services.
Long-awaited report released
March 16, 2012
The into the massive floods that swamped large parts of Brisbane and surrounding areas in January 2011.
The long-awaited report includes more than six million pages of evidence, 345 witnesses and 170 recommendations ranging from flood mapping to emergency responses and dam management.
Findings rejected, calls for new inquiry
March 17, 2012
Survivors of the Lockyer Valley flood , calling for a new investigation into the disaster.
Residents criticise the inquiry for not addressing key questions, such as why they were not warned before the floods.
Coroner's findings handed down
June 5, 2012
The coroner in south-east Queensland during the floods.
Grantham 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.
Flood warning system announced
July 24, 2012
It is announced a said to be a world-first, will be installed in the Lockyer Valley.
The Lockyer Valley council pays $40,000 to have the equipment installed near the Toowoomba Range and at Grantham.
The system is said to be able to measure river heights to within three millimetres.
Memorial as second anniversary arrives
January 10, 2013
Private ceremonies are held in Grantham, Murphy's Creek and Postman's Ridge to .
The Federal Emergency Services Minister tours the affected regions and says more needs to be done.
Fresh inquiry to be held
May 5, 2015
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tells Parliament a into the deadly 2011 Grantham flood.
The Lockyer Valley Mayor says he hopes the new inquiry will finally give residents some answers.
New inquiry begins
May 11, 2015
into the deadly floods that ravaged Grantham in the Lockyer Valley.
The commissioner says investigators will look at the role natural and man-made landmarks had on the flow of water through the town.
Commission of Inquiry hands down final report
October 8, 2015
The Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry delivers its final report, ruling that and its owners were unjustly blamed.
The commissioner says the flood was a natural disaster that no human agency could prevent.
The State Member for Lockyer labels the second inquiry a waste of taxpayers' money.
© ABC 2016
More breaking news
Forbes' Lachlan River in central west New South Wales has peaked, the State Emergency Service says, with at least .
The flood-hit area of Forbes in central-western NSW is readying itself for the worst of a slow-moving flood, with the peak expected to hit after midnight.
Farmers near Forbes in the New South Wales central west are bracing for extensive loses as their crops continue to be inundated with flood waters, which are expected to peak later today.