To read the latest Crikey liveblog on the Queensland floods, head here.

A torrent of water swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley yesterday afternoon, devastating the region with flash flooding and leaving nine dead and 66 missing. Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding areas are preparing for flood waters. Crikey will be updating this story tomorrow.

8:40 pm The death of four-year-old boy swept into the floods at Marburg during a rescue attempt of his family takes the latest flood death toll to ten, announced Premier Anna Bligh.

The missing persons number has risen to 78, with "grave concerns" for 18 of those people. All of those missing are in the Toowoomba/Lockyer region.