SHOUTOUT to reader Sherralee McFadyen who sent us these photos from Boat Harbour Bridge, Utungun.
It's been a Big Wet even by Nambucca standards, and as the sun reintroduced itself today - the clean-up gets underway.
Mayor Rhonda Hoban has expressed her appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the SES volunteers and to all those who helped our community through this flood event.
Council's assistant general manager Engineering Services, Paul Gallagher, advises that many roads and bridges are still inaccessible and it is now becoming evident that gravel and bitumen has been stripped from many roads and numerous trees have fallen.
Residents are requested to take extreme caution when travelling on any rural roads.
People are also urged to refrain from entering or swimming in the Nambucca River and Swimming Creek until the water has cleared as some sewer infrastructure has been flooded.
What you need to know
Disposal of flood waste materials - if you are insured, contact your insurance company.
If you are uninsured and unable to dispose of your flood waste, contact council on 6568-2555. The EPA has removed the waste levy of $84.10 per tonne for the disposal of flood related materials - but only at the waste facility.
The normal bulky goods kerbside collection starts in the north of the Nambucca Valley on April 19. Refer to the MyBin App for specific dates relating to your property or visit www.coffscoastwaste.com.au or call Coffs Coast Waste Services Hotline on 1800 264-495. Truck and dog or tipping trailers are currently unable to use the Nambucca Waste Management Facility. Rigid vehicles are permitted.
Flood Recovery Information is available on the Nambucca Valley Council's website, www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au which provides residents access to essential information on the flood recovery and links and telephone numbers to organisations who can provide assistance.
Council's community recovery officer can also provide you with further assistance if required by calling 6568-2555.
Donations can be made through GIVIT's online website www.givit.org.au. GIVIT is a non-profit organisation which has partnered with the NSW Government. Financial tax deductible donations can be made to Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund online at redcross.org.au/disasters or by calling 1800 RED CROSS.
For assistance with:
Livestock and animals 1800 814-647
Small business 1300 795-534
Disaster Recovery Payment - Services Australia 180 22 66
Disaster Relief Grants 137-788
NSW Rural Assistance Authority 1800 678-593
Insurance Council of Australia Disaster Hotline 1800 734-621
Mental Health Support 1800 011-511
Free legal help - Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre 6580-2111 and Legal Aid Disaster Response Legal Centre 1800 801-529.
Mr Gallagher said council had recorded 21 landslips and a bridge on Proctors Rd has completely washed away.
Council staff are working on emergency works, so some of the 'everyday' activities are currently a low priority and the public is asked to be patient.
Menahwile, around 1000 support personnel will arrive in flood impacted areas today to assist in the regional NSW clean up effort, including on the Mid North Coast.
250 Australian Defence Force personnel, 500 Rural Fire Service volunteers and 250 firefighters will hit the ground to be deployed in areas where the floods have had a significant impact.
Local Federal MP Pat Conaghan said that while the clean up has already started, we would not be able to undertake the massive job ahead without this support and expertise.
"I continue to be amazed at the community spirit and unselfish way we've pitched in to help out those in need right across our region," Mr Conaghan said.
"In addition to the wonderful job being done by the SES, having additional boots and machinery on the ground is much appreciated as we work together to rebuild our communities, and get our lives back together."
The 1000 support personnel will start work tomorrow and focus on clearing roads, removing debris, and assisting residents and businesses in their clean-up and restoration efforts.
Those needing flood clean-up assistance are encouraged to contact the SES on 132-500.
For life threatening emergencies call 000.