Road opens, reconnecting cut-off towns
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.