MONTH OF RAIN IN A DAY
Region cops a drenching as more than 100mm falls in some areas in just 24 hours, turning creeks into rivers and blocking several highways.
Torrential rains have caused havoc across the Great Southern, closing highways and damaging crops.
Albany Airport recorded more than 90mm of rain from Friday to Tuesday, while Mt Barker recorded 104.8mm on Tuesday more than its September mean rainfall of 79.3mm.
South Coast Highway, near Wellstead, and Woogennellup Road were among major arterial routes closed because of flooding.
Many properties in Lower King and Wilyung were inundated with water, leaving access restricted.
Wellstead farmer Rob Davey’s mixed enterprise was sodden after recording more than 130mm of rain since Thursday.
It brought his yearly total to 800mm, up from 600mm, and flooded what he said were already damp paddocks.
“I’m really trying to keep positive but I don’t want to look at it any more. I just dread to think that there is more on the way,” he said.
Wellstead (165mm), Manypeaks, (129mm), Denmark (108mm) and South Stirling (114mm) copped the most rain in WA from Thursday to Tuesday.
But just 50km north of soggy Wellstead, Michael Campbell’s Gairdner property recorded what he said was an “ideal” 31mm of
rain. The weather held off for the Coromandel Poll Merino stud owner, who held a ram sale at his property 20km south-east of Gairdner on Tuesday.
“There were a few issues with people getting to the ram sale with the flooding on South Coast Highway,” Mr Campbell said.
South of Stirling Range National Park, farmer Derek Curwen said he had tipped a massive 188mm out of his rain gauge between Thursday and Tuesday.
“We had 188mm at South Stirling in about 24 hours,” he said.
“We were all hoping for rain, but not this much.
“The most damage to crops is not only waterlogging but a lot of barley has lodged, the torrential rain and winds, some of it is flat on the ground.”
Rainfall totals were varied across the Great Southern, with
41mm falling at North Stirling during that same Thursday-toTuesday period.
By the time of print, 44mm had fallen at Gnowangerup, 92mm at Mt Barker, and 61mm at West Kendenup since Thursday.
More than 128mm fell at Green Range, north-east of Albany, on Monday and Tuesday, rendering Ashley Wood’s canola crop a “disaster”.
Mr Wood was one of several growers who took to the WA Wheatbelt Rainfall Reports Facebook page this week to discuss the rain.
“My driveway just became a 2m-deep lake, what a mess,” he wrote.
Several silos were toppled last week as wind gusts reached 130km/h, causing damage at a grain terminal off Menang Drive in Willyung, near Albany.
The Hay River rose by more than 1m over St Werburgs Road in Mt Barker.
South Stirling's farmer Derek Curwen in a barley crop affected by heavy rain. Four-year-old Matilda Butler from Perth makes the most of the conditions at Middleton Beach.