After more than a month of severe flooding, a major recovery effort is under way in the northeastern state of Queensland. There is much to be done. Flooding that began in late December and peaked in mid-January killed at least 22 people, left thousands homeless, destroyed countless buildings, and damaged highways and rail lines. Overall, 70 percent of the state—an area the size of France and Germany combined—was affected. The devastation was exacerbated by Cyclone Yasi, a category five tropical storm that hit Queensland’s northern coast on February 3.