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Exmouth flooding: town in north-west Western Australia cut off by floods

Sunday April 27, 2014 - 15:15 EST

Work is underway to clear roadways in Exmouth after heavy rain caused flooding, cutting off the West Australian town.

The airport was closed and the only road in and out of the coastal town, in the state's north-west, was blocked after almost 200 millimetres of rain since Friday morning.

Main Roads advised that the Minilya-Exmouth Road from the Burkett Road turnoff would remain closed until Monday due to extremely high levels of water and debris.

But a local accommodation provider said the sun was shining and the water was subsiding quickly.

She said some travellers had to extend their stay by one night.

State Emergency Service was kept busy over the weekend, rescuing stranded people and sandbagging properties.

Shire president Turk Shales said there was significant damage to shops and some homes, with residents largely unprepared for the deluge.

"Mother nature is terrible...sometimes," he said.

"It's been happening in Queensland for quite some time. We understand what cyclones are like but unfortunately this is totally different. It's incredible.

"The water has got to come out of the cape and there's certain avenues where the water has to make its way to the ocean into the gulf itself. There's no other way for that water to get there but go through the town ... it's not good."


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