Gascoyne floods: Water levels continue to rise at Nine Mile Bridge as crops are submerged

The Gascoyne River water ranges have peaked at Nine Mile Bridge because the area continues to be drenched by rain.

The studying at Nine Mile Bridge was at 7.06 metres simply after 1pm, however receded barely to six.94m late this afternoon.

Flood waters have inundated roads and crops — which native farmers say ought to survive the intense climate occasion.

Nonetheless, the provides of bananas subsequent week will journey on the situation of North West Coastal Freeway.

Flooding in Carnarvon.
Digicam IconFlooding in Carnarvon. Credit score: Twitter/Laura Birch

Sweeter Banana Co-operative enterprise supervisor Doriana Mangili stated bananas tended to do higher in floods than different crops.

“Some properties have had water by way of, however not wherever close to the degrees seen in 2010,” she stated.

“The Sweeter Banana packing shed hasn’t gone underwater, so our greatest concern is that the street to down south is opened.

Flooding around Carnarvon.
Digicam IconFlooding round Carnarvon. Credit score: YouTube/Coral Coast Helicopter Service

“There can be some losses and injury, however greatest impression can be if the street down south is open to vans early subsequent week.

“We received’t know the situation of roads till water subsides.”

Caltex and both ends of Boor St.
Digicam IconCaltex and each ends of Boor St. Credit score: Fb/Cindy Furniss

Retired Carnarvon banana farmer of over 40 years Bruce Munro, who’s property is harvested by Sweeter Banana, stated the city’s levee financial institution system which was put in after the 2010 flood had been profitable in saving crops from the floods. 

“It’s a serious occasion however we’re holding up fairly good,” he stated.

“We’re on the south facet of the river and it’s flowing quick.

“I’ve been right here because the 1980’s and skilled loads of these, that is positively not the very best however nothing compares to 2010.

Caltex and both ends of Boor St.
Digicam IconCaltex and each ends of Boor St. Credit score: Cindy Furniss/Fb

“Personally I feel it’s one of many higher floods, the brand new levee system has achieved very properly.

“We copped a good bit of wind when the system went previous and some bunches and bushes have fallen over, primarily across the edges.

“As quickly as all the pieces dies down we’ll be straight again into reducing, most growers can be in the identical scenario. So long as we are able to get them to Perth.

“I don’t suppose there can be a lot interruptions to bananas if any.”

DFES is working closely with the Department of Communities who have provided accommodation for 35 people who were airlifted to safety by the RAC Rescue helicopter yesterday.
Digicam IconDFES is working intently with the Division of Communities who’ve offered lodging for 35 individuals who had been airlifted to security by the RAC Rescue helicopter yesterday. Credit score: DFES/DFES

DFES is working intently with the Division of Communities who’ve offered lodging for 35 individuals who had been airlifted to security by the RAC Rescue helicopter yesterday.

The Division of Communities has arrange an evacuation centre at The Wool Shed on Camel Lane in Carnarvon.

SES have acquired 14 requests for help within the Midwest Gascoyne over the previous 24 hours.