Australia floods still rising with two dead, four missing

Two people have been killed as the tail end of Cyclone Debbie swept along Australia's east coast, destroying bridges and cutting off roads.

AS TOWNS and cities across Queensland and New South Wales pick themselves up from the beating handed out by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie, stories keep on coming showing the both the seriousness and the lighter side of natural disaster.

Areas from Cardwell to Bowen were in the main firing line, with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour expected, as well as major structural damage, risky airborne debris, wide-spread power outages and flooding.

"This is a very risky time in these flooded areas", he told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

The bodies of two women were found in the state on Friday.

Luke Smith, mayor of Logan, said of the expected cost: "This is unprecedented for us".

Thousands evacuated from their homes in Lismore in Northern New South Wales are beginning to return home to assess the damage.

"There could be people overnight that perished in that flood, we don't know at this stage".

Queensland police urged people around the Logan River, which runs through Beenleigh south of Brisbane, to be careful as the river would hit peak flood levels for several more hours.

The tropical cyclone hit the Australian state of Queensland this week, with heavy rainfall causing flash flooding in some areas along the coast, according to NASA.

She said text messages would be sent out to warn locals about the record-breaking flood on the way.

The flooded Logan River in south-east Queensland, pictured on Friday, was at its highest level since 1974.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on residents in affected areas to exercise caution.

A 45-year-old man's body was found at a South Murwillumbah caravan park on Saturday afternoon, but it was unclear whether his death was flood-related.

"The army is doing everything it can to get water into those parts of North Queensland that I mentioned - Airlie, Proserpine, Bowen and the Whitsunday islands", she told reporters. Apparently, while swimming in a river, it was swept up in raging flood waters and ended up on the road, covered in mud. One was found on a swamped property and the other retrieved by police divers from a vehicle that had been swept off a flooded bridge.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will travel to north Queensland to see the destruction wrought by Cyclone Debbie, after wild weather caused widespread damage across the state.

A powerful cyclone that tore through northeast Australia has left the ground littered with battered trees, ripped-up roofs - and one very unlucky shark.

  • Leroy Wright