Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message thanking emergency service workers and support for those impacted in flood-affected communities.

The message, posted to the royal’s official Instagram page on Wednesday morning, comes as residents in northern NSW prepare for even more heavy rain and flash flooding.

“I have been following the news of the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales closely and have been saddened to hear of the loss of life and the scale of devastation,” the post read.

“In the immediate response, Australians’ resolute spirit and community mindedness has once again shone through. My thanks go out to the emergency services and many volunteers who have tirelessly assisted those in need.

“My thoughts continue to be with those who have been impacted as the focus now turns to the long recovery phase ahead.”

Queensland and NSW have been ravaged by repeated flooding over the past few months, but ongoing wild weather will continue to hamper the recovery and clean-up efforts.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Sarah Scully said the central and south coasts of NSW could expect heavy rainfall for the rest of the week, as reported by the SBS.

“We’re forecasting six hourly rainfall totals between 60 and 100mm, with up to 140mm about coastal areas,” Ms Scully said on Wednesday.

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.