Flood clean-up lifts Fraser Coast spiritsBy Kim Lyell, Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 09:28 EDT
Infrastructure across south-east Queensland's Fraser Coast is being assessed for damage as the flood clean-up gains momentum.
Maryborough experienced near record flooding in the Mary River due to ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
Rural communities at Brooweena and Tiaro were also hit hard, along with residential areas of Burrum Heads.
However, Fraser Coast council Mayor Gerard O'Connell says residents are beginning to look with more confidence to the future.
"Even people who have lived here for some years saw water inundation in places and at a level we'd need seen before," he said.
"So I think there are some surprises there but, by and large, from the work that council crew has done, they've worked around the clock and shown some terrific expertise and they've been really, really well assisted by hundreds of local people."
Councillor O'Connell says the severe weather system left a trail of destruction much greater than the 2011 and 2012 floods.
He says offers of help from volunteers has given flood victims incentive to go on.
"I think that's helped people, I think that's given them a sense of community, a sense they have a future," he said.
"They've been working side by side, shoulder to shoulder, cleaning out what looks really a disheartening mess in homes and businesses and we're starting hopefully to see the light of day."
© ABC 2013
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