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Wettest June day in Broome

Thursday June 6, 2013 - 14:02 EST
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Broome has recorded its wettest June day. - ABC

Broome has broken the record for its wettest June.

The previous record was 127 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, set in 1968.

Overnight Broome received more than 140mm.

West Roebuck near Broome recorded at least 180mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Ray Hegarty says it is rare to have this much rain in the 'dry season'.

"Certainly very, very unusual amount of rainfall for Broome," he said.

"On the way to work I saw a couple of bits of floating timber, some tree branches."

The heavy rain has forced the Shire of Broome to close all unsealed roads, including the Cape Leveque Road, which is the only access route to the Dampier Peninsula communities.

That has left tourists and a group of medical specialists servicing Aboriginal communities unable to return to Broome.

SES District Manager Matt Reimer says are no reports of people getting into trouble as yet.

"Luckily we haven't had any calls of assistance or any requests," he said.

"I was thinking this morning with the amount of rain we've had in recent days that there could be some issues, but so far so good."


- ABC

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