Australia’s floods continue to devastate the country as Brisbane faces a massive clean-up operation after the water levels of the Brisbane River peaked at 14ft overnight.

The water levels reached more than 50 suburbs of Brisbane with 14,000 homes being partially flooded and close to 12,000 homes severely damaged by the waters.

But for some the material damage has not been the highest price to pay. 15 people have been confirmed dead and more than 70 people are still missing since the floods hit earlier this week.

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The death toll is likely to rise as bodies of those who still are missing are expected to be recovered.

Teams are continuing to search for those missing in the area of Grantham and Murphy’s Creek, which towns were hit by the terrifying flash floods on Monday.

Speaking about those who have lost their lives in the disaster, Anna Bligh, the Queensland premier,couldn’t hold back the tears as she said: “As we weep for what we have lost, remember we are Queenslanders, the people they breed tough.”

She also spoke of the hardship of those who now have to rebuild their homes and neighbourhoods, and warned that some buildings no longer will be habitable.

“We are going to see damage and destruction in the CBD, parks and schools and the homes of people we know and love,” she said.

“We now face a reconstruction task of post-war proportions.”