Body discovered 80km away in flood zone
Defence force personnel are working with police and emergency services and the coroner in the Lockyer Valley to search for and identify the bodies of people swept away in flash-flooding.
The force of the flooding was so strong one body was found 80km from where the person went missing.
"One of the people who are confirmed deceased was found 80 kilometres downstream from where they were reported missing," Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts told reporters today.
"I think this just demonstrates and highlights the complexity of these search and rescue operations and also the time that's going to be consumed searching all of the creeks and streams associated with this river system."
He said he understood that families were anxious for news but to be as patient as possible. It was possible some bodies might never be found, he added, noting that emergency workers had more than 200 kilometres of waterways to cover.
- Paul Osborne, Senior Political Writer, AAP with Yahoo!7 January 14, 2011, 3:32 pm