Precipitation is expected to continue on Monday for flood-hit areas across the Northern Rivers and north coast areas, with between 5 to 10mm forecast for Lismore and up to 15mm forecast for Grafton.

Thousands were forced to leave their homes following torrential rains since late last month have wreaked widespread destruction, cutting across cities and flaring away cattle, farms and roads.

Eighteen people have been killed since the floods started.

‘These are terrible, terrible floods,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison told 2GB radio program on Monday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the size of this year’s flooding had not been seen in “possibly living memory.”

Residents have taken an inventory of the damage over the weekend, and they are battling to clear away debris and mud as the water levels in some parts of the area have receded.

“We’ve had a week of no communications, no food, no fuel … it has been quite unnerving and emotional,” a resident from the far north NSW town of Murwillumbah, which has been affected as one of worst by record flooding, told ABC television.

While the NSW government has offered payments to flood-affected areas, Lismore resident Tony Bazzana, whose accounts company was flooded in the city, said it would not be enough to help the community rebuild.


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