Heavy rains wreak havoc in re­gion

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Cally Dupe

Mt Barker re­ceived more than a month’s rain in just 24 hours, with 104.8mm fall­ing on Tues­day. Flood­ing closed roads across the Great South­ern.

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), Many peaks, (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-to-Tues­day pe­riod.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Wind top­pled grain si­los at a site in Wi­lyung, near Al­bany.

Pic­ture: Ti­mothy Waite

The Hay River rose by more than 1m in Mt Barker.

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