The state government has announced the appointment of three recovery coordinators to manage clean up and repair efforts following flooding across NSW.
Resilience NSW regional managers Mel Gore, Ken Harrison and Donna Argus will oversee efforts for the North Coast and North West; Central West; and Riverina, Murray and Murrumbidgee respectively, flood recovery minister Steph Cooke announced on the weekend.
“These appointments will help ensure the transition from response to recovery is timely and effective, to give flood-affected communities across the State the support they need,” Ms Cooke said in a statement.
Ms Cooke said the flooding has been widespread and slow moving, but as waters begin to recede damage assessments will ramp up.
“It has been an incredible effort by all our emergency services personnel and volunteers, led by the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), in responding to the flooding which has impacted almost every river catchment west of the Great Dividing Range,” Ms Cooke said.
“As the waters slowly recede our first priority is to undertake rapid damage assessments of flooded homes and businesses so that they can begin the mammoth task of cleaning up.”
As at October 28 more than 1,000 homes and businesses across NSW had been assessed as damaged and 163 not habitable.
Recovery Assistance Points providing face-to-face access to a range of government services and support will be opened in the coming days and weeks.
Fifty-five local government areas across NSW are currently subject to a natural disaster declaration resulting from the recent severe weather and flooding.
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