Australia New flood warnings for WA's north
Australia's east coast brings month's worth of rain in just 24 hours
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A tropical low near Western Australia's border with the Northern Territory has prompted a severe weather warning for the state's northeast with the potential for flash flooding from heavy rain.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the low is tracking slowly west with the locations in its path including Halls Creek, Kununurra, Lake Argyle and Warmun.
Flood watches are current for river catchments across the east Kimberley on Tuesday and some roads may be closed.
The latest warnings follow the once-in-a-decade flood in WA's Mid West and Gascoyne regions over the weekend with efforts continuing to assess the damage after the Gascoyne River peaked at 7.1 metres near Carnarvon.
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It was the worst river flood the area had experienced in more than a decade and the Bureau of Meteorology ranked 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.
Video: Parts of WA impacted by flooding (Sky News Australia)
Carnarvon shire president Eddie Smith said there was 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.
"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.
"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.
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