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Recovery effort continues on NSW north coast

19 November 2012, 7:10AM AET

NSW SES volunteers are working through 155 jobs on the New South Wales north coast after severe thunderstorms swept through the area over the weekend. The hardest hit town was Woodburn, west of Ballina where one home collapsed and several others suffered severe damage. Around 20 people have been displaced from their homes but, thankfully, no one was hurt in the rough weather.

Despite some wild weather in Sydney overnight, no major damage was reported and only 6 calls for help were received at Bermagui on the state's south coast.

On Saturday evening, wind gusts of up to 100kmh were reported on the north coast. Small hail was reported in this area and also further west of the state at Inverell and at Bingara where the roof of the Touriandi Lodge Retirement Village was partially damaged. Heavy rain at Coffs Harbour resulted in flash flooding along the Pacific Highway near Woolgoolga.

Trees and powerlines were brought down across several roads along the north coast, causing traffic hazards for motorists. For more information on affected roads go to Livetraffic.com .

While the weather has eased for now, advice from the Bureau of Meteorology suggests more thunderstorm activity could eventuate across NSW later in the week.

The NSW SES is urging residents to prepare themselves for future inclement weather by:

  • Moving vehicles undercover or away from trees and powerlines
  • Securing or putting away loose items around the yard and balcony
  • Listening to local radio stations for updated information and advice
  • For emergency help in a storm call the NSW SES on 132 500
  • Call 000 in life-threatening situations

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