Kempsey, on the mid-north coast, is among the worst affected areas. Kempsey Shire Council director of infrastructure services, Robert Scott, told AAP the damage bill to the area was in the range of $8 million.
“We are just on the tip of the iceberg of being able to determine [the damage],” Mr Scott said.“We have had a major slip on Armidale Road which has taken out up to half the roadway at Midnight Creek ... and there are a number of other defects on Armidale Road that are fairly serious.“There are potholes everywhere ... we have got some potholes that you could bury a car in, and if the slip that we have got up at Midnight Creek gets any worse, we could bury a few cars in that one or maybe a truck.”
The Macleay area, as well as Clarence Valley, Upper Hunter and Bellingen Shire, have all been declared natural disaster zones.
One man has died and 49 people have been rescued from the floods since Sunday, and around 3000 people are still unable to return to their homes.
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