Flooding causes extensive damage in the Wheatbelt

March 02, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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February was a warm month for Australia and the ninth-warmest February on record, however Western Australia experienced above average rainfall which caused wide-spread damage across the Wheatbelt. 

Rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Stan brought most of the rain to the Wheatbelt. At the beginning of the month, Stan tracked from the Pilbara through the south eastern interior of Western Australia. 

Flooding and damage was experienced across the Wheatbelt with the Avon and Southern Wheatbelt worst affected.  Continued rainfall in the Shire of Dumbleyung has ruined stock feed, caused erosion and damaged fences.  However, it has resulted in the filling of world famous Lake Dumbleyung; a once in 20 year phenomena. 

Financial support for those affected is available through the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).  Funds will assist the recovery of communities whose social, financial and economic well-being has been severely affected by a natural disaster. 

Assistance available under the WANDRRA may include:

Local Government areas receiving WANDRRA assistance: 

Beverley

Dalwallinu

Kondinin

Mukinbudin

Tammin

Westonia

Brookton

Dandaragan

Koorda

Narembeen

Toodyay

Wickepin

Bruce Rock

Dowerin

Kulin

Narrogin

Trayning

Williams

Chittering

Dumbleyung

Lake Grace

Northam

Victoria Plains

Wongan-Ballidu

Corrigin

Gingin

Merredin

Nungarin

Wagin

Wyalkatchem

Cuballing

Goomalling

Moora

Pingelly

Wandering

Yilgarn

Cunderdin

Kellerberrin

Mt Marshall

Quairading

West Arthur

York

Image credit: Christine Bairstow, Shire of Dumbleyung

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