Byron declared disaster area
BYRON Shire Council will receive funds for natural disaster relief after the area took a beating from the wild weather over the Australia Day long weekend.
Executive manager Phil Holloway said council clean-up crews were out working across the shire and it would take time to complete the clean-up.
"The first council priority is to work closely with the SES and energy providers to ensure that fallen trees are removed from roads and from roads' reserves so access is provided to restore essential services," he said.
"The strong winds have also seen a large amount of leaf litter clog stormwater drains."
The Byron Bay Swimming Pool and all shire sports fields are closed.
While the long weekend should have seen Byron bustling with tourists, the streets were deserted.
While some shopkeepers opened early, by midday Monday most had closed their doors as the expected crowds stayed away. Only the Palace Cinema was doing a roaring trade.
Power outages kept many businesses closed well into Tuesday and thousands of households were still without electricity at the BSN's Wednesday press time, which was delayed.