Rain returns to battered Sydney’s beaches

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Residents along Sydney beaches are bracing themselves for more rain and winds that follow the damage caused by the wild weather earlier in the month, with retaining walls, footpaths and lifeguard towers destroyed by the eroding foreshore.

“Council is investigating short and long term coastal management options for South Newport and will be meeting with residents to discuss these options,” said Northern Beaches Council CEO Ray Brownlee.

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Sydney’s beachfront properties, already teetering on eroded sandbanks, are bracing for another wet week.

Beaches along the state’s coast were battered with damaging winds and wild waves earlier in the month, with retaining walls, footpaths and lifeguard towers destroyed by the eroding foreshore.

Residents of Calvert Pde, overlooking South Newport, have had their backyards washed away while steps and walkways to the beach have been smashed.

Many of the iconic Norfolk pine trees surrounding homes have also fallen.

With Sydney bracing for another week of heavy rain and gusty winds, Northern Beaches Council is monitoring the weather and will meet with residents.

Backyards are falling into the sand. Picture: John Grainger

Backyards are falling into the sand. Picture: John Grainger

Collaroy beach south of Clark Street is basically a no-go zone due to rocks. Picture: John Grainger

Collaroy beach south of Clark Street is basically a no-go zone due to rocks. Picture: John Grainger

There’s no beach around the new wall – even the foundations are showing. Picture: John Grainger

There’s no beach around the new wall – even the foundations are showing. Picture: John Grainger

“Council is investigating short and long term coastal management options for South Newport and will be meeting with residents to discuss these options,” said Northern Beaches Council CEO Ray Brownlee.

“Our coastal management experts will continue to monitor the rain and swell forecast for the coming weeks. Tides and swell in this period are not currently forecast to be as high as in recent times.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts up to 50mm of rain over the next seven days with most falls forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Sydney has already had its wettest July on record and as of Sunday, the BOM had recorded 345.8mm of rain at Sydney’s Observatory Hill station this month.

The average rainfall for July is 96.3mm.

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