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Last Updated: Thursday January 13 2011 19:02 GMT

Australian floods reach peak in Brisbane

Flooding in Brisbane, Australia

Ricky looks at the destruction in Brisbane

Flood waters in the Australian city of Brisbane have begun to drain away, after peaking on Wednesday night.

The Brisbane river peaked at around 4.5m, submerging thousands of homes and swamping large areas of the city.

So far 25 people have died and many more are missing, in the worst floods to hit Queensland for decades.

Search and rescue crews are looking for survivors in the flood waters, and people are beginning to return to their homes to repair the damage.

But large parts of Queensland have been completely destroyed by the floods.

'Break our hearts'

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said: "We've seen scenes of unbelievable devastation and destruction.

Flash flooding in Queensland
The powerful Toowoomba floods have been described as an 'inland tsunami'

"What I'm seeing looks more like a war zone in some places. This weather may break our hearts... but it will not break our will."

The towns of Ipswich and Toowoomba have also been swamped by the flood waters.