Just two days after floods swept through the town, some Laidley shops are already trading again.
The Lockyer Valley Council says about 100 homes and businesses were flooded and the damage is worse than the 2011 natural disaster.
Store manager Michelle Dale says there is still a bit of mud in her grocery store.
But she says they opened their doors for business at lunchtime yesterday.
"We could judge it by the shelf heights in the shop," she said.
"Last time it was just enough to destroy the stock on the bottom shelf - this time it reached some of the stock on the next shelf, so that's how we could gauge it was much higher."
© ABC 2013
16:10 EST It's the possible double whammy of flood damage and the mysterious disease, yellow canopy syndrome, that are really worrying cane growers in North Queensland.