Lefroy Street was one of several streets in Exmouth closed yesterday as torrents of rain overflowed drainage ditches and turned roads into rivers. Picture: Branwen Smith
Lefroy Street was one of several streets in Exmouth yesterday as torrents of rain overflowed drainage ditches and turned roads into rivers. Picture: Branwen Smith

Exmouth is cut off this morning after 200mm of rain flooded the town yesterday.

The town is mopping up after the deluge which damaged homes and washed cars away.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is coordinating SES volunteers to help with the clean-up.

DFES reports that it has received four calls for help since last night.

A spokeswoman said DFES had been busy rescuing stranded people and sandbagging properties affected by the flood water.

The only access road into the town, the Exmouth Minilya Road, was closed, along with several roads within the townsite.

Drainage ditches overflowed and floodwater turned roads into raging rivers.

The closed roads are being reassessed this morning.

People are reminded that they must not go through road closed signs and that there are hefty penalties for doing so.

Shire of Exmouth acting CEO Jenny Kox said the Exmouth Minilya Road remained closed with floodwater still on the road between the Burkett Road turnoff and Preston Street in Exmouth.

"We will be looking to escort people between Exmouth and Learmonth Airport for flights, but are still assessing the situation," she said.


DFES ADVICE

• Watch for changes in water levels in case they rise quickly and you need to act.
• Never walk, swim or play in receding floodwaters or go near storm drains, pipes, ditches and ravines because they are dangerous.
• Motorists should avoid the area and not drive into water of unknown depth and current.


EMERGENCY CONTACTS

• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
• For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.com.au
• Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

WA WEATHER SATELLITE | WEATHER WARNINGS

Exmouth was hit with 200mm rain yesterday. Picture: Simone Fiebig / Perth Weather Live

FORECAST

The forecast for the rest of day is for a partly cloudy day with a shower or two possible in the morning and early afternoon.

Winds west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending west to south-westerly in the morning then tending south to southwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the evening.

The forecast maximum is 29C.

The West Australian

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