2011 flood reconstruction declared complete by Crisafulli

THE biggest reconstruction effort in Australia's history is now complete following the unprecedented natural disasters experienced across the state in 2011 and 2012.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said on Tuesday the state government had worked closely with local councils to ensure the $8.3 billion reconstruction program was completed as quickly as possible.

"No Queenslander will ever forget the heartache caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland floods in 2011," he said.

"All 73 councils required disaster assistance with the damage estimate coming in around $6.8 billion.

"Many communities suffered further flood damage in 2012 costing a further $1.5 billion."

Months of rainfall across south-east Queensland in late 2010 and early 2011 culminated in one of the worst floods the state has ever seen.

More than 70 towns and more than 200,000 people were affected.

In total, 36 people lost their lives, including 21 people in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley after a wall of water tore through the region on January 10, 2011.

The bodies of three people lost in the 2011 floods have never been recovered.