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Floodwaters are beginning to recede in south-east Queensland as residents prepare to clean up after yet another devastating weather event.

Gympie faced rising floodwaters overnight, with the Mary River peaking at just over 16 metres.

The peak was much lower in comparison to the last flooding event where water reached into the heart of the town when the Mary River peaked at 23 metres.

Gympie businesses begin cleaning up after latest flood event.
Gympie businesses begin cleaning up after latest flood event. (Shannon Marshall-McCormack)

The town is no longer cut off by floodwaters with main roads and bridges reopening this morning.

One business owner told 9News they “dodged a bullet” during this flooding event.

Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig said it’s a relief this flooding event didn’t reach the levels of destruction in February.

“Some businesses didn’t fare as well as others but we’re so grateful the water only went to over 16 metres,” he said.

“February was epic compared to this it’s not even on the same planet.

“I feel for the business owners and residents who are inconvenienced, we’re all tired.”

Floodwaters surround the town of Gympie, north of Sunshine Coast.
Floodwaters surround the town of Gympie in February. (Getty)

Residents in flood-affected towns such as Gympie, Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, and Warwick are now facing a huge clean-up, the second in just four months.

9News reporter Shannon Marshall-McCormack said some business owners arrived at their stores at 4am this morning to start cleaning up.

Disaster assistance available to flood-affected LGAs

The help is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Floodwaters in Queensland
Disaster assistance will be available to residents and businesses impacted by the floods. (9News)

Impacted residents in the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs will also be eligible to receive personal hardship disaster assistance designed to help cover the costs of immediate essentials such as food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medication.

Counter disaster operations assistance is also being activated for residents in the Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba LGAs.

Towns cut off by floodwaters for second time this year

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