Planning starts for Grafton recoveryThursday January 31, 2013 - 13:16 EDT
As river levels recede in the Clarence Valley, planning is underway to help flood affected farmers, businesses and residents.
The extent and cost of the damage is not yet known.
The mayor Ritchie Williamson said as people return to their homes they face a daunting clean-up.
He said a multi-agency Flood Recovery Centre could open its doors as early as today.
"We have a massive job ahead of us after the biggest flood, we are going to need the biggest recovery effort," he said.
"A lot of homes with water under them, a lot of homes with water in them.
"That is going to require a concentrated effort from all government departments at all levels.
"To ensure that people recover in the fastest possible way, and the shortest possible time."
Cr Williamson said the recovery Centre is set to open soon.
"The exact day and the exact location are subject to further discussions today," he said.
"But we are looking at a one stop shop where government services and information will be readily available to those people who have been affected.
"The authorities met yesterday and today will be working out the finer details of locations and times but yes the Recovery Centre will be operational."
© ABC 2013
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