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Byron Bay’s famous beach has almost disappeared in storms

December 15, 2020 Headline News, Visit Oceania No Comments Email Email

According to Channel 9 News, Byron Bay’s famous beach has all but disappeared, as wild weather continues to slam northern NSW and south east Queensland, right up to Fraser Island where the rain has extinguished the recent fires, with the whole area south right down into New South Wales being badly hit by rain and wind, with king tides also causing severe coastal erosion.

Byron Bay’s beach has been completely covered with water, with fallen trees along the coast also causing issues, with trees coming down and king tides and sandbags being used to try and protect businesses on the coast, including Byron’s Beach Restaurant, which remained open despite the battering, with owner Ben Kirkwood saying flood defences installed recently were doing their job, adding, “I would say if it wasn’t for the wall we wouldn’t be here right now.”  “It’s doing its job.” Thank goodness it got installed when it did,” he told Channel 9’s Today show, adding that in June this year, he estimates around 18m of sand dunes were lost when high tides smashed the area.

There are also multiple flood warnings for rivers in the area too, including the Tweed, Brunswick and Wilsons Rivers, with warnings the rain will continue and further north, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are also being battered by rain which is causing flash flooding, with the storm abating by Tuesday and on through the week.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones – Images:Courtesy Channel Nine

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