Road opens, re­con­nect­ing cut-off towns

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | News - Glenn Cordingley and Jakeb Wad­dell

Two Kim­ber­ley towns cut off by flood­ing were slowly get­ting back to nor­mal this week as sec­tions of the Great North­ern High­way re­opened, mak­ing way for semi-trail­ers to de­liver stock to su­per­mar­kets.

Things were get­ting so bad Coles and Wool­worths turned to sea and air to get fresh pro­duce back on the shelves over the week­end.

The Roe­buck Plains stretch of the na­tional high­way was un­der wa­ter and was closed to all traf­fic for sev­eral days, leav­ing dozens of peo­ple stranded and sup­plies cut off to Broome and Derby.

As of 10am on Mon­day, the high­way was open to high-clear­ance four-wheel drive ve­hi­cles and trucks be­tween the Sand­fire Road­house and Roe­buck Plains Road­house.

Ero­sion dam­age to the Logue River Bridge be­tween Broome and Derby had also been re­paired and that sec­tion of the high­way was re­opened to all ve­hi­cles by Mon­day.

But it may not be time to put the umbrellas away just yet, with the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast­ing more rain for the Kim­ber­ley this week, as well as a high chance of thun­der­storms.

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