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PHOTOS: Volunteers fight to save Collorary houses from a King tide - Buisness Insider Australia

by By Chris Pash | June 8, 2016

More than 500 volunteers worked to save houses under threat of collapsing from destructive waves at Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches.

The NSW SES Sydney northern Region wrote on its Facebook site this morning: “As the sun rises over the water at Collaroy this morning I can confirm that we have come out victors in our battle against mother nature. The sandbags held.”

Storms at the weekend stripped up to 50 metres of beachfront land at Collaroy, putting two apartment blocks and several houses close to tipping into the sea.

The SES emergency response used 12,000 sandbags and 320 tonnes of sand to shore up the crumbling beachfront.

The volunteers included staff from NSW SES, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, Surf Life Saving NSW, NSW Ambulance, Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad, Volunteer Rescue Association, NSW Police Force, Warringah Council and local residents.

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