Elderly man’s body recovered as Queensland and NSW flood death toll rises to three

Three people have died and two others are missing in south Queensland, as parts of the Logan River reached the highest peak in 43 years.

A man’s body, believed to be 77-year-old Nelson Raebel, was found just before 4pm, not far from where he went missing in Eagleby, south of Brisbane, authorities have confirmed.

Earlier, a woman’s body was found by a family member at Upper Burringbar, 20km south of Murwillumbah in northern NSW. Another 64-year-old woman’s body was found in a river in the NSW Hunter Valley yesterday after her car swept off a flooded bridge at Gungal, west of Muswellbrook the previous night.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian has urged residents bracing for further devastation in flood-affected areas to heed SES warnings. She has pledged every resource to help those affected by the floods.

About 20,000 residents have yet to go home since being evacuated.

“I say to everybody who’s impacted in the northern part of the state, seven million people or so are thinking about you, and are concerned for you,” she said today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has put in place a major flood warning for the Wilsons River at Lismore, where the river peaked at 11.6m yesterday to smash the highest flood peak since the 1974 floods.