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Shocking pictures show sheer scale of destruction after NSW floods

Shocking pictures show sheer scale of destruction after NSW floods

More than two weeks after the NSW flood disaster left a trail of destruction, new pictures reveal the true scale of devastation as the impact continues to be felt long after the water recedes.

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Solutions is heading up the mammoth clean-up effort and racing to sift through tonnes of flood-affected household belongings.

Images show mountains of rubbish, including mattresses and couch cushions, piled up on top of one another at Port Macquarie on the NSW north coast.

Heavy machinery was brought in to help move the mess.

A child’s bike was spotted among the debris, which also included furniture and appliances.

Earlier, and before the water receded, aerial shots taken in the flood-hit regions painted eerie pictures with homes submerged and bridges under water.

A bridge designed to be “floodproof” went almost completely under water as residents in Windsor, west of Sydney, waited anxiously while the worst flooding wreaked havoc.

At the time, the Bureau of Meteorology warned residents could experience the worst flooding event in northwest Sydney since November 1961.

Nearby Richmond was another area that experienced much of the destruction. Some homes in the area were almost completely under water.

The worst flooding in decades forced thousands to leave their homes, many of whom were recently affected by both bushfires and drought.

The weather bureau said some parts of NSW had been soaked in more than eight months’ worth of rain in just a week. Other areas copped more than 100mm of rain over a seven-day period.

A Pakistani national was killed in Sydney floodwaters after trying desperately to free himself from his car, but he could not get out.

Ayaz Younus, 25, was on his first day as a contractor when his Toyota Camby became trapped in floodwaters in Glenorie on Sydney’s northern outskirts.

Mr Younus, from Malir Cantt Karachi, was studying software engineering and had two elder brothers and one younger sister.

Inspectors described it as an absolute tragedy.

The Public Works Advisory has been contacted for comment about clean-up efforts.