The flood clean-up begins as the river retreats.
The swollen Brisbane River has dropped to 2.7 metres and emotions are running high as residents start returning home to survey the damage caused by yesterday’s flood peak.
About 26,000 homes had either major or partial flooding when the river peaked at 4.46 metres.
Weather bureau senior hydrologist Jess Carey says the river system has fallen to 2.7 metres but will rise again to about 2.85 metres this morning.
“It’s certainly been dropping fast. It’s been expected,” he said.
He says the Bremer River is also falling quickly at Ipswich where 3,000 homes were flooded.
Many people are returning to their homes, but some 65,000 homes and businesses in the south-east are still without electricity – most of those are in the Brisbane area.
Campbell Newman says it will take about two years to clean up.
I heard that bus travel is going to be free and many work places are resuming operations.
Today marks the beginning of a new phase in Brisbane and surrounds.
The earlier thread is here.