“We get a lot now,” she said. “It’s climate change. We’re facing some pretty severe surfing conditions, so we’re going to make sure we build good, strong walls.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued gale warnings for coastal areas of Sydney, Macquarie, Hunter, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden. Winds of 60km/h were predicted from Kurnell near the airport to Narooma on the south coast, and strong surf warnings for over 500km of coastline from Newcastle to Eden.
Heavy rains that can lead to flash flooding are forecast for parts of the South Coast and the Snowy Mountains on Sunday morning, by which time clouds are expected to part further north. The New South Wales lower south coast has been put under flood watch.
As floodwaters receded in the north, a Congolese line of volunteers from Victoria’s State Emergency Service and Country Fire Authority came up the coast to help with the cleanup, the scale of which cannot be estimated. appreciated only once the water levels drop.
People staying in emergency accommodation at hotels and caravan parks in Byron Bay have been told they will have to move over the Easter holidays to make room for holidaymakers who had booked up to two years in advance . Around 3.5% of the 1,500 people who had been given government accommodation will be moved to Coolangatta, Grafton or Brisbane for the duration of the holiday.
The Assistant Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice, Paul Vevers, issued an apology to those affected.
“We are doing everything we can to minimize the distress of those displaced by the floods and help them rebuild their lives,” Vevers said.
“We don’t want to leave people homeless and our goal will always be to try to accommodate people as close to their communities as possible.”
The government has urged holidaymakers to travel responsibly to northern NSW over Easter, including checking for road closures, confirming accommodation, spending on local businesses and refraining from tourism of flooding.
Flood warnings remained in place for parts of the state, including from Bega to the Victorian border in the southeast of the state, and for the Wilsons River in Lismore. Flood warnings continue for the Clarence, Hastings, Bellinger and Macleay rivers.
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