Greenough River starts flowing after heavy rain

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Crowds gather to watch the Greenough River flow at the convict bridge on McCartney Road.
Camera IconCrowds gather to watch the Greenough River flow at the convict bridge on McCartney Road. Credit: Belinda Harders/Facebook

The Greenough River is on the move through the Mid West, as Geraldton locals await its arrival at the ocean.

The City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said “the Greenough River floods, often when it rains inland and there’s been big inland rains recently.”

“We often get a number of days’ warning before the Greenough will break at Cape Burney and we can actually follow the river down from all the way up as far as Mullewa.

“So we watch it, it’s having a significant impact on roads to our east, particularly Arthur Road, which is a major transport link particularly for our farmers.”

As crowds gather to witness the river’s crawl to the coast, the City advised that West Bank Road, Phillips Road and the McCartney Road bypass were closed on Monday night due to rising water levels caused by heavy rainfall over the past few days.

The community has been urged to use alternative routes and not to risk driving through floodwaters.

Rural road inspections are expected to continue over the next several days.

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