The worst-hit area was the town of Dungog, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sydney, where three people were found dead and at least one home was swept away.
Police said they were trying to determine how the two men and one woman died.
"It looks very much like we have lost three residents," Baird said. "They were elderly residents. At the moment, the circumstances are being worked through, but we do want their families to know our thoughts and prayers are with them." Read More