Queensland records 13th flood-related death after man’s body found in Warwick’s Condamine River

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The body of a man has been found in floodwaters in South West Queensland.

The body was discovered in the River Condamine near Victoria Street in Warwick.

Police were looking for a 31-year-old man who had been missing in the area since February 27.

Queensland floods have so far claimed 13 lives.

On Sunday, a man was found dead after his car was swept away by floodwaters in the South Burnett area.

Police said the man, in his 60s, and a woman were traveling near MP Creek in Wondai when their car was swept off the road.

The woman managed to escape and cling to a tree before getting to safety.

Severe storms swept through large parts of southern Queensland on Saturday evening, causing flash flooding in some rivers and creeks already swollen from last week’s rainy days.

State Treasurer Cameron Dick said Monday the flood crisis is expected to cost the state economy up to $2.5 billion.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk had previously estimated the flood damage bill could total up to $1 billion, but Mr Dick said only $1 billion would be allocated to repair public infrastructure.

“That includes things like roads, rail systems, bridges and other infrastructure,” he said.

Mr Dick said the cost of insurance claims on private infrastructure like housing and businesses is expected to reach $936 million.

Mr Dick said there was still a long way to go in terms of a major clean-up effort in the South East.

Earlier, authorities said the flooding had created a year of landfill waste, much of it lying on the side of residential streets, waiting to be collected.

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