Just came off 3 days of cleanup duty, mostly around Chelmer (just south of Indro). Friggin' hard work and the destruction blows you away, if you haven't been in to volunteer, the news programs won't cut it for properly portraying how bad it is.
Take a look around your home, now imagine every physical thing you own, every piece of electronics, every bit of furniture, every memento or sentimental item, has been submerged, smashed and covered in stinking mud. Try to picture your house if a giant picked it up and shook it like a child does a Christmas present. The physics of it escape me but the insides of peoples homes look like they were hit with an earthquake and a flood, I didn't realise the water could have so much force behind it even inside a sealed home. The first house we came into, I thought "Hmm this'll be tricky, how do I know what the owner wants to keep?" It took me a while to realise they weren't keeping a single thing, the entire contents of the house were being dragged to the curb to be thrown in the tip. Speaking of dragging, do you know how friggin heavy a mattress is after it's been underwater? :S
Then on top of that you have to smash all the plasterboard off the walls to pull out the sodden insulation, and if you're real unlucky, the roof as well. If your in a brick home, your basically left with a concrete shell. If your house was weatherboard and pine beams, you might as well bulldoze the lot. There aren't enough electricians in the country to get power restored to everyone in any kind of reasonable timeframe.
If you know anyone that owns a bobcat, bake him your finest cake, as they are the undisputed saviors of the aftermath cleanup. Garbage is piled along the curb at head height for the entire length of some streets, everything is colored brown and the smell could make you hurl, it's like a scene out of a world vision ad, all that's missing is the little starving black baby covered in flies.
Waiting out now to see where my unit gets sent next.