Homeowners on Sydney’s northern beaches have faced an anxious wait for the third night in a row after another king tide hit coastal properties in the beachside suburb of Collaroy.
Residents now wait for experts to assess the new damage sustained overnight as waves again battered the mullion dollar homes.
Dr Mitchell Harley, a senior research associate at the University of New South Wales told Fairfax Media late last night that seven homes were “gone” as some houses are starting to break up.
“It’s eroded a further five or so metres and there’s a very huge concern that these houses won’t survive the night. They’re very much teetering on the edge.
“There’s large cracks being heard as the buildings are starting to break away..”
Dr Harley said the waves “are going higher than two-storey buildings”.
Yesterday one resident Mandy Greville told The Daily Telegraph she watched as her backyard started falling into the ocean on Sunday.
“My deck slid off and three metres of grass came right after,” she said.
“There was this loud crack and it all just gave way right in front of me. I don’t know what to think, I’ve never seen weather like that before. But now that this has happened we need protection to stop the rest eroding away.”
Another resident, Zaza Silk told The Project that her entire backyard, and swimming pool fell into the sea.
In a sad twist she told The Project that the devastation saw her lose more than just a home.
“My mother was in an urn in the garden along with my beautiful dog who passed away recently. I would go and talk to them regularly and they’re gone.”
She told Sunrise that the council needed to be held accountable.
“They’ve been talking about it and talking about it… to protect this area here you need to have a wall,” Ms Silk said.
“We have to pay rates, really expensive rates to live in this part of Collaroy… they don’t look after you at all.