Mud army mobilises as massive clean up effort gets underway following flood crisis

Mud army mobilises as massive clean up effort gets underway following floods crisis

The full extent of the South East Queensland's flood crisis is being revealed as a mud army mobilises to begin the massive clean up effort.

In some suburbs water will take days to subside, but so far more than 4500 properties have been assessed for damage across the state.

On Sunday evening, 680 homes were uninhabitable.

Another 38,000 properties are still without power - although 162,000 have had power restored.

Dozens of families are still trapped by a vast inland sea.

In Central Queensland, Rockhampton locals are frantically barricading homes and businesses against what's expected to be the biggest inundation in 60 years.

Authorities have issued an emergency alert to residents in low lying parts of Rockhampton advising them to leave their homes.

The local airport is expected to close around lunch time on Monday.

In the south east - Albert Road, resembles a junkyard and heavy machinery dominates the street.

The Eagleby Football Club has sent some of its young members to join the clean up effort, proving the community spirit is alive in this reincarnation of the effort seen after the 2011 Brisbane floods.

On Plunkett Road, in Cedar Creek rural firies, entire families, and friends of friends spent their Sunday slopping through septic sludge to help.

Further south, devastated business owners have returned to their shops in Lismore to see the full extent of what the floods have left behind.

The streets are now littered with debris which was stripped out of many businesses today, and thousands of people are still without water or electricity.

The floods claimed three lives in NSW, and further north in Queensland - three people are still missing tonight.