The storms which ravaged Queensland late last week, have been declared a catastrophe.

Questions remain about the role a new rail link may have had in the flooding of properties in Deception Bay.

Some residents say, they may not be able to return to their homes for months.

Kirsty Jarrett reports.


The damaged belongings on footpaths are piling up as the mud dries in their houses.

Residents of Embassy and Major Streets are still in disbelief.

Christina Pule, Resident: “Everything that was in the house, the kids clothes, kids toys, furniture, the fridge they’re all gone.”

Many have lost everything.

Allan Sutherland, Moreton Bay Regional Mayor: “Some of the streets are actually empty. There’s just all their lifelong possessions sitting on the footpath, it’s almost like a ghost town in some parts.”

The SES is still cleaning up.

Michelle Bowker, SES: “There’s a lot of damage to private property and homes. A lot of mud inundation into homes so it’s just cleaning up.”

The State Government is offering assistance for those affected.

But some say residents have been without help since Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk left on Sunday.

Natasha Thomas, Volunteer: “Everybody left. And this poor street and Government Street have been forgotten about.”

Locals say the Moreton Bay Rail Link development is to blame.

The Mayor has launched an investigation into whether the Rail Link development contributed to Friday’s devastating events.

The insurance bill from the wild weather is currently estimated to cost $26 million and is still rising.

Residents affected can access financial assistance by contacting the Community Recovery Hotline or visiting the Community Recovery Hub at Rothwell.

Kirsty Jarrett, QUT News.