More bodies found

THE Lockyer Valley had more tragedy over the weekend with the death toll increasing to 22 after human remains were discovered at Murphys Creek on Saturday and at Lowood on Sunday.

Detectives and forensic specialists are investigating on behalf of the coroner to formally identify the remains.

The thorough search for the nine people still missing from the region is ongoing.

Police say they have covered about 300,000 hectares of land and waterways in their search for flood victims in the Lockyer Valley.

Assistant Police Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, said there was still a lot of ground left to cover.

“The environment is changing as we go along,” he said.

“Water levels continue to drop in some areas and it is very, very rugged and dense in other parts.

“It takes time to work through that and as well as initial searches, we have to bring in heavy equipment and other machinery that have been searched before that.”

He said the search for those still missing would continue until everything possible had been done.

“It's a difficult area – we are talking about over 200 kilometres of inhabited waterway that hasn't been checked, plus the Lockyer Valley itself is over 300,000 hectares,” he said.

“Basically we have done at least preliminary searches of all that area.

“It is not a thing the public can really help us with, other than if they see something they think they are concerned about or they think we should know about, then certainly they should contact us.”

Lockyer Valley's Local Disaster Management Group hadbegun discussions on the massive rebuilding task in the coming months.

Lockyer Valley regional mayor Steve Jones said they would keep businesses and residents informed on the process.

“We have only this week moved from disaster response to recovery and we must continue to respond in a very strategic way,” he said.

Due to an overwhelming amount of donations, Lockyer Valley Regional Council was no longer able hold any material items, especially perishable goods.

Donations for the Lockyer Valley can be made through the National Australia Bank: BSB: 084657/ ACCOUNT: 188881996 for monetary donates for families affected by the floods.

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