Heavy rain and flood­ing cause chaos in re­gion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - The Yal­gardup Falls off Kevill Road were surg­ing af­ter Wed­nes­day’s heavy down­pour.

Wed­nes­day’s heavy down­pour dom­i­nated con­ver­sa­tions across the shire yes­ter­day as flood­ing cre­ated havoc for roads and busi­nesses alike.

Some shops on Mar­garet River’s main drag shut down early as heavy rains flooded busi­nesses, while the del­uge re-opened a con­cern­ing num­ber of pot­holes, cre­at­ing se­ri­ous haz­ards on Bus­sell High­way south of the town.

Mo­torists were urged to drive cau­tiously and use head­lights, with trees down on many roads as well as other road haz­ards.

Flood­ing closed a num­ber of roads and swamped the bridge cross­ing to Grace­town.

Fur­ther north, ar­eas around Duns­bor­ough and Yallingup also saw a num­ber of roads shut by fallen trees.

Res­i­dents said it was the most con­sis­tent down­pour in re­cent mem­ory, with the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices is­su­ing a South West alert.

Mar­garet River Dis­cov­ery Com­pany boss Sean Block­sidge snapped lo­cal kan­ga­roos scram­bling for cover dur­ing the big wet, as well as the ac­com­pa­ny­ing pic­ture of Yal­gardup Falls turned bois­ter­ous un­der heavy rains.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Neil Ben­nett said the heavy falls came from a low-pres­sure sys­tem com­bined with a cold front.

The low hov­ered over Au­gusta for much of the day, cre­at­ing “up­lift” and surg­ing storm clouds.

The lat­est data avail­able yes­ter­day showed more than 46mm of rain was recorded at Witch­cliffe and 57.8mm at Mar­garet River.

The three-day av­er­age to yes­ter­day morn­ing was “at least” 94mm at Witch­cliffe and 112mm at Mar­garet River.

Pic­ture: Mar­garet River Dis­cov­ery Com­pany

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