Back on January 10th 2011 was when it happened. A huge flash flood hit Grantham. Over 10 people were believed to be killed in the disaster. Nine were confirmed dead or missing. The rush of water destroyed several of the towns homes leaving families with nothing. The small town required a lot of help from the government and non-profits to rebuild and support the local residents.
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.
January 10, 2011
Seven people are feared dead after a raging torrent of water sweeps through the city of Toowoomba 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 death toll from unprecedented flash flooding in southern Queensland rises to nine 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 30 crumpled cars that were wedged under Grantham’s railway bridge 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”.