Storm surge created the most damage in Eden during Monday’s wild weather while other parts of the shire suffered wind and rain damage.
A persistent 30 knot (55 kilometres) east nor’easterly that began on Monday whipped up four metre seas that powered across and to the back of Twofold Bay.
By Tuesday afternoon almost 100 mm of rain had fallen and Lake Curalo had been opened by Bega Valley Shire Council.
Surprisingly only one yacht fell victim to the storm, the unofficially named Crack-a-tinny, which snapped its mooring line and was carried high onto Cocora Beach at around lunch time on Tuesday.
Eden Water Police senior constable Michael Burgess said the high position of the boat on the beach and falling tide cycle meant the vessel would probably have to be salvaged by road.
The 26 foot vessel is registered to Kalaru pensioner and former Eden man Peter Debney.
Mr Debney was receiving treatment in hospital at the time of the storm and is also recovering from a knee reconstruction and a minor surgery.
He assessed the minor damage on Tuesday morning and was discussing salvage options for the uninsured vessel with shipwright Morrie Lynch.
“It might have to be chain sawed up to get it off the beach, but it could be repaired.
“I haven’t got any money to carry it on, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
State Emergency Services Eden unit controller and acting group controller for the shire Peta Ford said the storm was an early warning of the upcoming storm season, which officially begins in October.
She oversaw operations from Bega, which bore the brunt of the storm in the shire, while her Eden crew were on standby.
“Bega was the main area of concern, we had five requests for assistance,” she said. “Three trees went down, two calls were for leaky rooves but Eden had no call outs.” Winds peaked at 53 knots (100 kilometres) at Batemans Bay, tearing the roof from one home.
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