A painful clean-up and recovery are underway across Queensland as the flood waters slowly subside from the second major rain event this year. On Monday, Queensland’s southern interior remained on edge as river systems continue to rise, with flood warnings in place for the Mary, Condamine, Balonne, Thompson, and Cooper river and creek catchments.
While the immediate costs of repair are still being counted, Australians have been warned the price of fresh fruit and vegetables will increase in the wake of the disaster. Farmers who risked planting after the February deluge lost entire crops and faced financial ruin after the second deluge.
Last week’s unseasonal May rainfall inundated homes and businesses, with roads and bridges, swamped across the state. Queensland’s police minister, Mark Ryan, said the state government would work with the community to repair and rebuild.