Australia WA regions to assess severe flood damage
Weather alert as floodwaters threaten Carnarvon after Gascoyne River overflows
WA's battles with the elements continue as emergency services work to fortify levees protecting midwest hub Carnarvon after intense rain across large parts of the state.Emergency services have today issued severe weather and flood warnings for the Gascoyne region and are urging people to prepare for water across roads and properties.
The damage from a once-in-a-decade flood in Western Australia's Mid West and Gascoyne regions remains to be seen but a severe warning for the state's southwest has been lifted.
Heavy rain and flooding caused extensive damage over the weekend, with the Gascoyne River peaking at 7.1 metres near Carnarvon.
It is the worst river flood the area has experienced in more than a decade and the Bureau of Meteorology ranks it among Carnarvon's worst of the past 50 years.
The state government will seek federal disaster relief to help fast-track road repairs, including to the Northwest Coastal Highway.
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Carnarvon shire president Eddie Smith says there is significant damage to parts of the highway.
"The levy system around the town did its job and protected the entire town which is fantastic, but unfortunately those outside the levy system had a significant amount of water across many, many properties," he told Perth radio 6PR on Monday.
"As it continues to dry out, the damage will become more prevalent. It's a matter now of having a good look at what we've actually got to deal with."
Premier Mark McGowan said it had been an unprecedented week for the state with floods in the north, severe bushfires in the Perth Hills and Yallingup in the state's south and a five-day coronavirus lockdown for Perth and the Peel region.
Video: Parts of WA impacted by flooding (Sky News Australia)
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The deadline for North Queensland farmers to claim a share of $300 million in a flood assistance scheme is extended after a "disappointing" take up.Monsoonal flooding in February 2019 dumped two years worth of rain in just days on properties from Cloncurry to the coastal Burdekin region, causing up to $2 billion in losses.
"It has been something I don't think any of us have ever experienced before," he said.
"Can I thank all of the emergency services personnel, people working in hotel quarantine, people that are in testing clinics, doing dangerous jobs in difficult circumstances.
"Every single one of them, they have done a great job and have done our state proud."
A fresh severe weather warning was issued on Monday for parts of the Kimberley district in the state's north, including Halls Creek and Wyndham.
A tropical low located over the Northern Territory is expected to move west, bringing heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding.
Flood warnings are in place for river catchments across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Central West Districts, with residents urged to watch for fast-flowing and rising waters.
A severe weather warning which had forecast falls up to 100 millimetres and strong winds in areas including Perth was cancelled on Monday.
Heavy rainfall and gusts in the region meant travel on some roads could still be dangerous, the state's Fire and Emergency Services Department said.
"Motorists are reminded to obey all road closures and take care when travelling through the area," DFES said.
"Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways."
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