Pic­ture from record rainy day

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell and Glenn Cord­ing­ley

This wet sea­son in Broome will be one for the record books, with record rain­fall, two cy­clones and low pres­sure sys­tems bat­ter­ing the Kim­ber­ley town — and there are still two months to go.

The town will of­fi­cially record its wettest Fe­bru­ary in recorded his­tory at the end of this month, with 557.6mm dumped as of 9am on Mon­day, sur­pass­ing the 495.6mm that fell in 1999.

Broome also broke its record for the most rain­fall in a sin­gle Fe­bru­ary day on Satur­day, with 370.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am, dou­bling the pre­vi­ous record of 181.6mm in 1991.

A to­tal of 1473.2mm of rain has fallen in Broome since the be­gin­ning of the year.

With more rain fore­cast into next week, the town is ex­pected to break its an­nual rain­fall record by the end of the month, rapidly ap­proach­ing the 1496.6mm set in 2000.

Last week’s down­pour came about af­ter a low pres­sure sys­tem tracked slowly down the West Kim­ber­ley coast, even­tu­ally in­ten­si­fy­ing into trop­i­cal cy­clone Kelvin off­shore near the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara bor­der.

Al­though Broome was placed on blue alert by the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices last Thurs­day, it was not hit with cy­clonic con­di­tions.

How­ever, the del­uge can­celled flights, closed roads and caused cars to break down on flooded streets.

As of 10.30am on Mon­day, Great North­ern High­way re­mained closed to all ve­hi­cles be­tween Sand­fire and Roe­buck Plains Road­house, as well as Roe­buck to Wil­lare road­houses.

All un­sealed roads in the Shire of Broome re­mained closed.

Long-term Broome res­i­dent and weather en­thu­si­ast Tom Har­ley said he had never seen so much rain dur­ing his 30 years in the town.

“We are only half­way through Fe­bru­ary and al­ready the an­nual rain­fall record for Broome is likely to be bro­ken with 10 months to go,” he said.

“From 1997 to 2000 was very wet, but this wet sea­son has been even big­ger.”

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome High­way was flooded in sev­eral sec­tions.

Ve­hi­cles drive through a flooded Chi­na­town.

Pin­dan flowed into the beach wa­ters at Gantheaume Point.

A very wet Broome to Cape Leveque Road on Fri­day.

Great North­ern High­way, head­ing to­wards Sand­fire Road­house.

Heavy rain and strong winds at Ca­ble Beach on Fri­day.

Kavite Road re­mained closed be­cause of the heavy rain­fall.

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