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Floodwaters leave muddy ghost town

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Friday, February 01, 2013

BUNDABERG, Qld - Across the swollen Burnett River in north Bundaberg, a red sedan sits idly in a metre of muddy water.

Twisted branches and debris are smashed up against it.

With an exclusion zone set up in the northern suburbs, there is no movement in the filthy streets.

North Bundaberg is an eerie muddy, messy ghost town.

But south of the Burnett, it's a different story.

Army Bushmasters whir past on busy streets towards outlying suburbs previously cut off by raging floodwaters.

Cars pack the main street, bumper to bumper, as residents from areas where floodwaters have subsided flock to the CBD for supplies.

And most noticeably, an army of council workers and residents starts the task of cleaning off the putrid mud coating homes and businesses.

Ken's Plumbing Plus general manager Steve Kingston surveys the damage in his store caused by a metre of murky water flowing through it.

Tiles, pipe fittings and other stock are coated in the same brown muck as most of the surrounding area.

But despite the gargantuan clean-up he faces, Mr Kingston finds a positive. "Look at how many people we have here lending a hand," he tells AAP.

"Most of them are customers who've just come in to help out."