Central Coast houses in danger of collapse due to unprecedented erosion
A number of beachfront homes on the Central Coast are in danger of collapsing after this week's large southeast swell caused severe beach erosion.
Wamberal has been hardest hit with several homes left precariously close to the edge. Several houses have their front verandas suspended over the ocean below and huge rocks are strewn on the sand.
Locals told the ABC the erosion at Wamberal beach was the worst they've ever seen, though the coastal community have long grappled with the issue.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said some residents self-evacuated, with a number of homes at risk of structural collapse along the NSW coast. Land has washed away from backyards, with a crane delivering huge concrete blocks to support a number of properties.
SES controller Rolf Garda said he had not seen this extent of erosion damage in the last thirty years. "There's always been impact on that area but for some reason this event has taken away far more land than we expected," he said.
"The SES did some reconnaissance work up and down Ocean View Drive looking at some of the properties and we identified that some houses were pretty close to the slump line.
"We worked with Council to walk up and down and talk to the residents and advised them of the potential dangers."
The large surf was caused by a low pressure system which formed off the NSW coast on Tuesday, though it fell short of being declared an east coast low.
In response to the surf, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a hazardous surf warning for the NSW coast. The warning remains in place for Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.
"Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming," the BOM warned.
// MADELEINE LEWIS
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