Surrounded by dead cattle and a trail of destruction left by flooding rain and cyclonic winds, Pardoo Station owner Graham Rogers didn't mince his words.
The station bore the brunt of tropical cyclone Rusty's wrath when it crossed over as a category three system. Mr Rogers said his 200,000ha property got "flogged to death".
"There are cattle lying dead everywhere . . . a lot of structural damage," he said. "Wednesday night was probably the worst of it but it sat on us for three days.
"We're just picking up the pieces. I'm walking around trying to assess what we're going to do."
Mr Rogers said the cyclone dumped more than 520mm of rain on the station, 150km east of Port Hedland, over three days and the flooding was the worst he had seen in his eight years on the land.
Nearby, Pardoo roadhouse manager Ian Badger considered himself lucky.
"The shed went over. I'm not crying over that," he said.
Mr Badger said a bitter feud with insurers after a similar direct hit from tropical cyclone Lua last March had worn his patience thin.Great Northern Highway from Port Hedland to Pardoo and on to Sandfire roadhouse remained closed last night.
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