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Holiday town Exmouth flooded as some residents experience heaviest rain of their lives

Thursday June 10, 2021 - 06:57 EST
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Some Exmouth residents reported more than 200 millimetres of rain overnight.  - ABC

Exmouth residents say rain that caused flooding in the town overnight was the heaviest they've ever seen.

The weather bureau recorded 173.4 millimetres in Exmouth town, but there are reports locally of more than 200mm falling in the early hours of this morning.

Marine Rescue Exmouth's vice commander Rusty Ellis was woken up by the rain.

"I've never seen that much rain before in one hit," he said.

"We've had reports of 193mm at the northern end of town and at the southern end of town there was one report of 218mm. 

"We're up around 250mm total for the last couple of days."

Mr Ellis said most of the rain fell between 3:00am and 4:00am.

"There was a couple of houses that got a little bit wet to say the least," he said.

"Fortunately most of the town escaped major damage. There was more damage to the roads.

"The Shire of Exmouth has been flat strap out there since the crack of day trying to clean it up so people can get through it alright."


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