This is a picture I took today of my family's business. That is the second story of the building that you can see sticking out of the water. We spent all of Saturday evacuating stock and possesions by boat from the upstairs windows, and taking it to storage on higher ground. This was at about the peak of the flood today, but there has been large amounts of rain in our rivers catchment area again today, so we will be expecting abother peak in the next 30 hours or so.

The businesses that rent space in our building, a cafe, and marine supplies shop and others, and our marina business have all been hit hard and it will be weeks before we are able to trade again. When the waters finally subside there will be a huge clean up and repair effort needed.

This is the second flood for us in 2 weeks, as we had a small one come through on the tuesday after christmas that we had to move everything to the second level for, but this one happened alot quicker and came a lot higher than we expected, and we did not have time to make the preperations that we normally would have.

It is hard for us to comprehend at the moment just how we are going to recover from this disaster. Of course we are not the only one effected, Queensland is covered in floodwaters right down the coast, with huge amounts of rain predicted south of us around the capital, Brisbane, in the next 24 -48 hours.