Storm passes and clean-up begins

Mountainous seas, storm surges and gale force winds from this week’s extreme weather have left Eurobodalla home-owners, and the shire itself, facing costly damage bills.Among the financial costs will be repairs to the Batemans Bay waterfront after the storm surge combined with a high tide to pound the popular café promenade, washing away large chunks of the granite stone walkway.Wave buoys off Batemans Bay recorded swells reaching 10m on Tuesday night.After destructive gale force winds sent trees crashing onto homes and roads and left broken powerlines dangling, the extreme high tide that night caused erosion along many beachfronts and deposited sand across roadways.On Wednesday morning café owners and early morning joggers were confronted by the aftermath – a scene of ripped-up granite scattered across the promenade and wet sand washed up against walls.The council will now have to decide whether to repave with the granite stones along the waterfront or use asphalt.Eurobodalla council labourers took away the granite by the truckload and loose sections were removed with the aid of a shovel.The Innes Boat Shed café, that sits out over the Clyde River, was not damaged although water from the rough seas vented through the gaps in its floorboards. The experience left Ros and Steve Innes joking that they had their “very own blowholes”.Sections of earth on the grassed area beside the shed were washed way leaving large holes and the nearby rockwall holding the embankment in place was overtopped causing more erosion.The business couple was non-plussed by the big storm and the abnormal tides, saying that such rough conditions did occur at various times.“You could surf the swell that night past the boatshed,” Ros said. “A good thing it did not stay and was only overnight.”Long Beach foreshore was also badly eroded with its sand build up and foreshore now lost. Eurobodalla infrastructure services director Warren Sharpe said rockwalls at Caseys Beach also “copped a flogging”, with sections undermined.Mr Sharpe said the heavy rainfall and power failures had also caused sewage to spill at Hanging Rock and Malua Bay. This was being tested by Environment and Heritage with the council yet to receive a report on the issue although Mr Sharpe did not envisage it being too serious.The problem was caused when stormwater run-off entered the system and, with electricity lines down, council had to bring in generators to the pump stations.Scenes of a cleanup were underway at many coastal locations yesterday including Bodalla, Moruya Heads, South Durras, Lilli Pilli and Mossy Point.The storm made for a series of headaches for Moruya and Batemans SES crews clearing roads, council workers cleaning up, and Essential Energy, who were out in the rough conditions restoring power.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.