Cyclone Gabrielle: Reality sets in for flood-ravaged locals as concerns grow around mental health support

It's been a week since Cyclone Gabrielle made her destructive presence felt along the east coast, and as time ticks the sheer scale of devastation has begun to set in for locals. 

Restaurant Valley D'Vine owner Greg Miller's home was mostly unaffected by the cyclone because of its height, but his vineyards and his new barrel hall are ruined. 

"We mucked in there yesterday and it's just covered in silt, everything is gone," he told AM. 

"There's months of clean up, it's pretty heartbreaking."

Miller said he's been keeping himself busy with the cleanup because he knows "if I stop then the reality of what's actually happened out here will kick in". 

The Eskdale resident said the adrenaline yielded by Cyclone Gabrielle has begun to wear off and the devastation has begun to sober many. 

"There's a lot of issues around mental health down here at the moment because some people have gone through some big ordeals."

And with the future of many people's livelihoods lying in the hands of insurers and authorities - Miller says the uncertainty on top of everything else is taking its toll.

"It's heartbreaking knowing that I've still got a roof over my head and I still live in what used to be a beautiful valley."

Miller said mental health advocate Mike King got in touch with him to see what support was needed. 

"I said if he could do a fundraiser for these regions who have been seriously hit, so anyone can get mental health help."

King has since set up a fundraiser, so far raising $15,755. 

Watch the full interview above.