THE water has finally subsided and the massive task of cleaning up has begun in Goodna.
With the mud-covered rubbish lining the sidewalks of Brisbane terrace, it is clear it will take a while for the area to recover, something which homeowner John McFaul agrees with.
The owner of eight homes in the Goodna area, four of which were affected by the flood - one irreparably, said he didn't even receive a warning to evacuate last week.
"We were living in the house until about 2pm on Tuesday and we weren't told to leave, we just left," he said.
"I got the motorbike and the ute out but I couldn't get back in (to Goodna) so I walked back in over the pedestrian bridge.
"I moved things to my other house next door (which is two storey) but the water still went up to the window sill of that level."
Mr McFaul said he and his wife had to pack what they could in a plastic container when they evacuated permanently last Tuesday night, and his wife had been unable to return to the house after her first visit after the flood.
"She was just so despondent, she just burst into tears" he said adding he was also struggling to sleep.
"You just have to take it all in."
They are now busily finishing repairs on the house next door which they were planning to move into later this year.