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(generated from captions) this town. Andrew you for talking to the '7:30 Report'. Thanks, Paul. Paul

Lockyer there in Condamine. And

the watching and waiting continues in other Queensland

communities. As mentioned, the

town of St George remains on

high alert as the local Balonne

River continues to rise. Today

the head of the flood recovery taskforce, Major general

Michael Slater tour ed disaster

take years. Annie Guest reports from Rockhampton. For the

residents of Rockhampton, life continues to be disrupted, but

today it's a little less

frightening. For the 1,200

people forced to flee their

homes, it's time to start thinking about the future. Local nurse Sandra

Davey and her family have been

taking shelter in an evacuation centre set up at

campus. But now she is

preparing for the emotional

task of returning to her home

to assess the damage. Personally, I just

build myself up until I'm ready

to go back and, yeah, I will

just wait until the water has

gone. When the '7:30 Report'

first met Sandra Davy when floodwaters rose, she was anxious , returning to check her house every day after her hospital shifts. This

households a lot of memories

and that. Hard to and that. Hard to stay away... Even if you haven't

got much, it's still valuable

to you. Six days on, emotions

are still running high, but

Sandra Davy is trying to get

her life back on track and is

now applying for government

help. Then the next step is seeing the damage after we can

get back to the house, yeah,

and go from there, I guess, and

that will be a whole new set of emotions, I guess. Despite

being optimistic, being optimistic, the water did

not reach her front door,

Sandra Davy is still traumatised by the

experience. We didn't think

that the water would get there

and then the water was coming

up the backyard and then we

thought, "Oh, no!" We had to go

from there, you know, to the evacuation bubby. As the floodwaters were rising,

rising, the '7:30 Report' met

supermarket worker ja knell and

her husband David Hunt who were ferrying what they could from their threatened house that

they share with their extended

family. I'm just - it's hard on

my kids, too, because the elder

two know what's going on, they

can understand most of it, like

we're going to lose most of it,

but the baby, he doesn't

understand. Like many in Rockhampton's

Hunts were helped by friends

and family. When the Fitzroy

River stopped 20cm short of the

prediction, it meant the

difference between reaching the top step top step or going inside the

house for more than 100 people,

but David and ja knell Hunt

weren't so lucky and now they,

too, need financial help from

the Government. What will you

spend the money on that you

receive today? At the moments

we've got to get nappies for the little one and try to get

some food. David Hunt has returned to their street says it's devastating, but it

is a scene his wife is not yet

ready to face. Have you been

back, ja knell? No, I don't want to go back want to go back to have a

look. Why won't you go back to

have a look? Because I don't want to see

want to see it. It will be hard

enough to go back when the

water goes down. But normality may be some time away. One

thing we got told we won't be

able to live in it until there

are new floor coverings put

down because of the hygiene and

everything else,

be a waiting game on when we

get the new floor coverings put down and everything else. Can

you afford all that? Not

really, no. No. Authorities

believe the water inundated 300

homes, and hundreds more people

lost stored belongings. It will

be more than a week before the waterfalls significantly from

its peak and residents can

start the difficult job of

cleaning up. And helping the

community with that job will be Queensland's flood recovery taskforce. taskforce. The head of that commission, Major General Mick

Slater visited Rockhampton

today. For him, this role takes on special significance. Well,

for a start, I'm a

Queenslander, and... it's a big

job that needs to be done and I

think it needs to be done by a good team of people. The

veteran of operations from Kuwait to

Kuwait to East Timor says he is recovery of Queensland, well

after the flooding recedes. I

think this is an emotional

situation for everybody. You would be a pretty

stone-cold-hearted individual

not to be touched emotionally

by some of the stories that you

see around the streets. This is

a tragedy. The Sinclair family

has been farming this land north than three decades and now 99% of their property is under

water. Not much you can about it. Just hopefully it

will eventually go away, that's

it. Hopefully my irrigator is

still standing after it's finished, yeah. Every two

hours, Jeff Sinclair and his

son head out to inspect the irrigation system. With their

crop ruined, it's something

they can't afford to Adding to their woes is the

loss of grazing land for

livestock. Most of their cattle

herd was moved off the property

to higher ground, and some of their calves died when the deluge struck. Yes, they just

scold when the wet weather gets

them. You're 12 months behind

with them, that's all. All the

hair comes off them and the

sandflies will just leet them alive, alive, yeah. But for the Sinclairs, life must go on.

They don't know how long the

recovery will take, but they do

know they will do everything to

keep the family farm.