New South Wales erosion: Huge swells leave homes at risk of collapse

Australia – Huge waves have pummelled the Australian state of New South Wales, eroding some coastal areas and putting homes at the risk of collapse.

In beach suburbs to the north of Sydney, residents lost decks and fences as the surf at the edge of properties.

According to authorities, waves as high as 11m have been recorded this week off the city’s coastline. The wild surf has been caused by a strong low pressure system.

On Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) reissued a “hazardous” surf warning for the state’s entire 2,100km coastline.

People have been advised to stay away from the water, and warned against swimming, boating and rock fishing in the conditions.

Residents in beachfront homes at risk of collapse in the suburb of Wamberal were evacuated.

“We’re anxious and and frightened and vulnerable and quite frankly, angry, we’ve come to this situation,” said one resident.

The resident said locals in previous years called for a break wall to be built as they experienced high tides.

“The wall was not built. People are devastated we have lost our pristine beach,” she said.

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