In the worst flooding to hit Southeast Brazil in near 100 years over 40 people have died so far. At least 70,000 have been forced from their homes. National troops have been sent into the region and a Presidential tour has taken place.
Doce in Espirito Santo State has been been the worst hit (see photograph).
We are going to have to rebuild the state," Espirito Santo State Governor Renato Casagrande said referring to the extensive damage caused to bridges and roads.
President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her Christmas break to fly to her home state of Minas Gerais to survey the damage.
Residents of the city of Governador Valadares blocked a major highway on Thursday night demanding the federal government offer more help in the wake of the destruction.
On Tuesday, President Rousseff pledged millions of dollars in federal aid to help rebuild the area.
The sun came out on Friday in Vitoria, the state capital of Espirito Santo state and one of the worst affected areas, for the first time since 10 December.
The military is taking advantage of the break in the weather to deliver aid by helicopter.
Flooding is common in south-east Brazil during the rainy season.
In 2011, more than 800 people were killed in floods in what officials said was the worst natural disaster ever to befall Brazil.