THE final bill from last week's storms could reach “tens of millions”, the newly appointed North Coast Recovery co-ordinator said yesterday.
Former NSW police commissioner Ken Moroney yesterday warned of the long road to recovery as the SES finally gave the all clear for North Lismore residents to return home.
“I don't think this is something that's going to melt away,” Mr Moroney said.
A Regional Recovery Centre will open in Lismore tomorrow to act as a contact point for flood-affected North Coast residents.
Chairwoman of the Far North Coast Flood Recovery Committee, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said it would be days before the full extent of the damage could be assessed.
“It's very extensive. We don't know yet about the impact on primary industry - that's likely to be significant.
She said Lismore Council area alone experienced 17 land slips, with two bridges out and a gaping hole in busy Oliver Avenue,
“That doesn't include the damage done to our roads, parks and other infrastructure.”