8 Nov 2009

Clean-up begins after flash flooding in NSW

10:27 am on 8 November 2009

A major clean-up operation is continuing on the New South Wales mid-north coast where hundreds of people remain cut off by floodwaters on Sunday.

The region was lashed with torrential downpours in the 48 hours to Saturday morning, with some areas recording 528 millimetres of rain.

At the peak of the disaster, about 5,000 residents were stranded in the towns of Bellingen and Bowraville and in areas on the upper Bellinger and Kalang rivers, the ABC reports.

About 200 people are still stranded on the Couts crossing area, west of Coffs Harbour on Sunday, according to the State Emergency Service.

The Coffs Harbour Council predicts the damage bill will be at least $A1 million, but the full cost of the disaster is expected to become apparent in other flooded centres on Sunday as flood waters recede.