Five dead as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie triggers historic flooding

7:00PM | FIVE people are dead and two others remain unaccounted for after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie triggered widespread major flooding across southeast Queensland and northeast NSW.

A 45-year-old man’s body was found at a caravan park off Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah just after 1.30pm on Saturday. Police released a statement a short time ago, confirming the discovery.

Although the exact circumstances surrounding the man’s death are not yet known, he is the fifth person to die in the flood-ravaged regions of northern NSW and southeast Queensland.


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A post-mortem examination will be conducted next week to determine the 45-year-old’s cause of death.

It comes after a 46-year-old man suffered a heart attack while dealing with floodwaters on his property in Murwillumbah during the early hours of Friday morning.

The man’s partner and adult children administered CPR in a desperate effort to keep him alive but sadly he could not be saved and died at the scene.

A woman was also found dead on a flooded property about 20km south of Murwillumbah, while the body of a 64-year-old woman was found inside a car submerged in 4m of water in the state’s Hunter Valley on Friday

Police said the vehicle was swept off a flooded causeway on a property at Gungal, about 60km west of Muswellbrook, the night before. The woman’s 74-year-old husband was also in the car but managed to escape.

Meanwhile, in southeast Queensland, the body of a 77-year-old man was found on a property at Eagleby, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, on Saturday afternoon.

It’s understood the man was swept away while checking on horses in a paddock near Eagleby Road on Friday.

Two other people remain missing, including a man in his 60s who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday.

He went bushwalking through the Lamington National Park the day before Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit.

Also missing is a 50-year-old man who failed to meet friends as planned after leaving his home at Mondure, northwest of the Sunshine Coast, on Thursday night.

EARLIER: EX-Tropical Cyclone Debbie has claimed a second life in New South Wales.

The body of a 64-year-old woman was found inside a car submerged in four metres of water in the state’s Hunter Valley on Friday afternoon.

Police said the vehicle was swept off a flooded causeway on a property at Gungal, about 60km west of Muswellbrook, around 9pm Thursday.

The woman’s 74-year-old husband was also in the vehicle. He managed to escape, but sadly, his wife was trapped in the car.

Police said the man spent almost 12 hours searching for his wife throughout the night but to no avail.

Distraught, the man alerted police around 8.30am on Friday.

Police divers were called in to search the Worondi Riveulet, a long-winding stream which runs through the Hunter Valley and into the Goulburn River.

Sadly, the divers found the woman’s body still inside the vehicle around 5pm on Friday, submerged in 4m of water.

It comes after a woman’s body was found on a flooded property about 20km south of Murwillumbah.

It’s understood the woman was washed away by floodwaters which swept through a rural property at Upper Burringbaron on Thursday night.

Her body was found by her daughter on Friday morning.