Recovery efforts are set to be ramped up on Friday with about 2,000 people still cut off by floodwaters following this week’s deadly storms in NSW.
SES teams are ferrying food and medical supplies to more than 1800 people in the Hunter communities of Hinton and Gillieston Heights.
Four people have died in the floods with fine weather predicted for Friday with concerns that strong winds on Saturday and particularly on Sunday could hamper clean-up efforts.
‘From Saturday afternoon we could see some strong winds and the Hunter in particular can be a place which sees those winds funnel down through the valley a little bit,’ a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said.
‘On Sunday we’re looking at some fairly strong southerly winds and the potential for some gale force winds there as the cold front moves up the coast.’
Premier Mike Baird, who toured parts of the devastated Hunter region on Thursday, said it was important for emergency services to be able to press on.
‘We really want to try and get as much as we possibly can done in the next few days,’ he said.