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Exmouth clean-up continues after heavy rains caused extensive flood damage

Tuesday April 29, 2014 - 16:48 EST
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Floodwaters remain in Exmouth after heavy rains over the weekend. - ABC

Exmouth residents are continuing to mop-up flood damage caused by heavy rains at the weekend.

More than 250 milimetres of rain fell over Saturday and Sunday, damaging several homes and businesses in the town.

Four front-loader trucks will be sent to the region over the coming days to help clear the water out.

Shire president Turk Shales said there was no damage bill estimate yet.

He said the rain devastated the west side of the cape, with many caravans, roads and trees washed away in flood waters.

"I've just got back from assessing the west side - that is just total devastation," he said.

"They've got a rain gauge around there that holds 200mm and they emptied it twice - they had over 400mm around there.

"But to actually see what I've seen today, how someone wasn't killed, I have no idea.

"Once we get those loaders around there and we start cleaning up everything, there will be active camping places in the park once it's open for people to go to.

"There are other camping places that are just out of action, they will never be used as camp sites ever again."

Holidaymakers left stranded during peak season

The shire's acting chief executive, Jenny Cox, said council would apply for natural disaster assistance.

"We are in the process of making some assessments and putting together some values," she said.

"Most of our funding requests will be around road damage and improvements to drainage networks and the like."

Many holidaymakers were left stranded in town during Exmouth's busiest tourist season.

The Minilya-Exmouth Road re-opened on Monday from the town's centre to Burkett Road.

Motorists are being asked to exercise extreme caution when travelling through the area.

The road remains shut between the Minilya Roadhouse and the Coral Bay turn-off.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife's Arvid Hogstram said estimated the flood caused millions of dollars damage to Cape Range National Park.

He said the park would remain closed until further notice.

"It's at least a one-in-30-year event and probably longer than that," he said.

"I've got no records of that sort of flooding occurring before.

"We've had stories of people who've had two or three feet of water flowing through their caravans."


© ABC 2014

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