Heavy rain and flooding cause chaos in region
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.