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In Brisbane the clean-up has started in some areas as the floods have started to recede. Hundreds of volunteers have been helping, in many cases even total strangers have turned out to help people clean away the devastating mud.

Rubbish has been piling up and people are hauling ruined furnishings and fittings out of their homes.

There is concern about a damaged sewage plant which resulted in sewage leaking into the flood waters. Queensland state premier Anna Bligh said that when the water went down, the remaining mud was going to stink.

The floods have been blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon in the Pacific and weather forecasters have warned that the risk of more cyclones and flooding remains high.

One of the first priorities is to get the roads open again. Although Brisbane airport remains open, rail and road connections have been badly affected.

The cost of the damage has been estimated at around 5 billion Australian dollars,which is about 3.7 billion euros. The true extent of the damage is only now being revealed as the waters subside and experts say reconstruction could take years.