Heavy rains wreak havoc in region
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.
Wind toppled grain silos at a site in Wilyung, near Albany.
The Hay River rose by more than 1m in Mt Barker.