Cyclone Rusty has delayed delivery of three West Australian Regional weekly newspapers and is likely to cause further disruptions through until next week.
Port Hedland’s North West Telegraph, the Broome Advertiser and Carnarvon’s Northern Guardian have all been affected despite efforts to get the papers to readers before alerts were issued.
West Australian Regional Newspapers North West distribution manager Melva Elvey said delivery trucks got as far as Karratha before road blockages stopped them.
“Pilbara News has reached Karratha but the North West Telegraph and Broome Advertiser are in Karratha,” she said.
“Karratha and Whim Creek went on blue alert as we were travelling on Monday night, so we could not go any further.
“Rusty is still a category four and Port Hedland is still on red alert, so we are concerned about whether flooding will occur and roads being damaged.”She said Carnarvon’s weekly paper The Northern Guardian was held in Perth due to time constraints on Monday evening.
Mid West Gascoyne Police have closed all road freight to Carnarvon and as such newspaper deliveries are now not expected until next week.
“We won’t really know until we know what’s happening with Rusty,” Ms Elvey said said.
Readers can view the North West Telegraph online edition at www.northwesttelegraph.com.au
and online stories from this week’s editions of the Northern Guardian and Broome Advertiser online at thewest.com.au, click on REGIONAL and then the paper you wish to read.
Police are expecting major flooding from Rusty in the Gascoyne catchment and have deployed six additional officers to Carnarvon.
The SES is also sending two rescue helicopters to be based in Carnarvon.