Brisbane faces reconstruction of post-WW2 scale
Floods kill 15 and cause millions in damage in Queensland, Australia
Queensland's premier Anna Bligh says the region faces a considerable challenge in getting the state back on its feet after the worst floods in living memory tore through the area earlier this week.
The floods killed 15 and grave fears are held for another 60 who have bee reported missing since heavy rains overwhelmed the banks of the Brisbane River and flooded the city and surrounding areas.
An estimated 50 suburbs have been hit by the floods, and 11,900 homes were seriously damaged by the rising flood waters which swelled 14 feet over their standard levels. A further 14,000 homes and 6,000 properties were partially flooded.
There was also a sighting of a bull shark in the brackish floodwater that filled one suburb. Watch it here, swimming among houses, by forwarding through to 1:20m in the news footage.
Ms Bligh also warned that some of the homes damaged by the flood will no longer be habitable.
"We are going to see damage and destruction in the CBD, parks and schools and the homes of people we know and love.
"We now face a reconstruction task of post-war proportions."
The flood tore an 850m boardwalk from its moorings and sent a 400m section of it it careering down the Brisbane River towards two major bridges. Thanks to the quick action of tug boat operators in the area, the 400m section of boardwalk was guided though the bridge sections without damaging them.
While the floods did not reach the peak of the last major inundation in 1974, Ms Bligh said the crisis presented the city with an unprecedented challenge because of the number of people now living in flood-ravaged suburbs.
She said that floods now gripped two-thirds of the state and had become Queensland's worst natural disaster in history.