Flood recovery programs

Most of the clean-up programs for the collection and disposal of debris from the March 2021, February-March 2022, June-July 2022 and November 2022 storms and floods have been completed. The Flood debris maintenance program will continue to collect eligible debris from the 2022 floods in the Northern Rivers.

We are aware of the recent flood and storm events that have affected NSW in late 2023 and early 2024. At this stage there are no EPA flood debris clean-up programs in operation for these events. Please contact your local Council to see if they can assist with the recovery process for recent flood and storm events.

If you have any questions regarding the programs or would like assistance reaching your local Council, please email the EPA Flood Programs Mailbox at flood.programs@epa.nsw.gov.au.

2022 storm and flood updates

New South Wales experienced severe storms and flooding in March 2021 and again in February–March 2022 from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border. In June–July 2022, storms and flooding again affected much of the NSW coast including the south coast. In November 2022 flooding devastated the Central West. This led to significant amounts of man-made and natural flood debris in rivers, estuaries, and adjacent coastlines in NSW. The Australian government declared many parts of NSW a natural disaster.

We led several clean-up programs to ensure that flood generated debris on shorelines and in waterways was removed in a safe, effective, and efficient manner. Clean-up was undertaken by specialist contractors.

Find out more about the completed programs.

Reporting flood debris

Anyone can report flood debris to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 or by email: info@epa.nsw.gov.au.

When you submit your report, please include the type of debris, the location, nearest access point and photos.

Infographic: The Flood Debris Maintenance Program removed 3,525 cubic metres of flood debris across NSW – that’s enough to fill nearly 44 semi-trailer trucks.

As of 22 December 2023

Darling-Barka River

Darling-Baaka program

This program will monitor river health until June 2025 and is coordinated by the EPA.

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Cyclists on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail

Crown Lands flood impact assessment program

This program is for assessing damage to infrastructure on Crown Land.

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Flood contaminated lands assessment program (Northern Rivers)

Free soil assessment for Northern Rivers properties that may be contaminated as a result of floods.

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Clarence River at Copmanhurst, September 2022

Water quality monitoring program

A comprehensive water quality monitoring program for waterways in disaster-declared local government areas.

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Agricultural chemicals after flooding, Tweed River, NSW

Flood agricultural chemical program

Free collection of flood-generated agricultural chemical waste on private land.

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Flooded landscape near Tibooburra, NSW

Flood clean-up on Aboriginal lands

Supports flood-impacted Aboriginal communities to assess and manage the clean-up of waste generated by the 2022 floods on Aboriginal lands.

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Corrugated iron debris from the 2021 Hawkesbury River floods

Illegal dumping & flood waste recovery program

Resolves remaining waste issues presenting after the initial emergency clean-up phase that are not eligible for other government funding sources.

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Lamps still lit during the 2022 floods, Grafton

Following the debris

See how the EPA is helping people to clean up after the devastating floods of 2021 and 2022.

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