Flood victims return to devastation28th March 2021
“Lounges, your TV just floating around. It was just gut-wrenching.”
While water has receded to below “minor levels” on the Hawkesbury, with no more flooding expected, thousands of residents now face at least weeks of clean-up and months of financial strain.
Mr Kell, one of Australia’s first professional wakeboarders, said it could be months before his business was able to operate again.
A thick layer of mud covers much of the ground around his property, while tonnes of debris are strewn across much of the region, which also flooded last year only weeks after the bushfires ceased.
“We had the bushfires, then got smashed by a flood in last February, then we had COVID and now this,” he said.
“The big thing will be the removal of the rubbish. It’s just hideous, the amount of rubbish along this whole river, it’s just everywhere.”
Further north, major flooding is expected along parts of the Barwon River in early April, with levels reaching 6.45 metres and rising on Sunday afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects the water to reach 7.2 metres in the next week.
Towns on the state’s Mid North Coast are also beginning the clean-up as flood water recedes around Port Macquarie and Taree.
Meanwhile, the Macquarie River is beginning to recede, with water measured at 2.88 metres and falling on Sunday afternoon.
While Windsor Bridge was reopened over the weekend, several roads remain closed between Windsor and Wisemans Ferry, including the Cattai Creek Bridge.
Tom Rabe is Transport Reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.