East Coast Storms: Unprecedented effort helps save homes and Clubhouses battered by king tides

It has been revealed that during the recent storms, more than 500 volunteers put over 12,000 sand bags in front of buildings put at risk by king tides and gale force winds.

It has been revealed that during the recent storms, more than 500 volunteers put over 12,000 sand bags in front of buildings put at risk by king tides and gale force winds.

A Collaroy apartment block and Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club were two such buildings.  It comes after an incredible display of community support over the weekend that has been described as “the single biggest job in SES history”.

Local surf clubs bolstered volunteer numbers by more than 100 after a plea for help. The CEO of SLSCC, Chris Parker said “Avoca spared alright due to the 100 members who built the sandbag wall to protect the club. I was down there in the morning and there has been extensive damage to the car park and foreshore with old time members saying it’s the worst they’ve seen.   Terrigal, The Entrance and Macmasters Beach were the others badly hit. The roller doors were washed in at Terrigal and The Entrance, while the lifeguard tower was washed over at Macmasters.”

In Collaroy they benefited from Fire crews who added another 200 workers while even small wildlife rescue groups pitched in with as many spare hands as they could muster.

It is believed to be the biggest single event in SES history.

The federal government expects insurers to fulfil their obligations to storm-hit east coast residents. The insurance bill for property damage caused by the monster storm in recent days totals $56 million already, amid concerns homes may not be insured for “actions of the sea”.

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