Roads in the Mid West and Gascoyne closed after weather event floods the region

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North West Coastal High Way 20 km south of Minilya Bridge Roadhouse
Camera IconNorth West Coastal High Way 20 km south of Minilya Bridge Roadhouse Credit: Rob Vincent/Supplied, Rob Minson

Several roads are closed across the Mid West and Gascoyne as a tropical low overwhelms the region with heavy rains.

Minilya Exmouth Road from North West Coastal Highway to Coral Bay Road and several locations within the Carnarvon townsite are closed due to flooding.

Much of North West Coastal Highway is also closed, including the stretch from Overlander Road House to Carnarvon and from the McGlades Road turn-off to the Burkett Road turn-off.

Rob Minson, one of the truck drivers standard on the Highway, said he spent most of last night reversing and trying to get to higher ground.

“We were in a situation where the water kept rising. It was scary,” he said.

He was rescued by the Coral Coast Helicopter Service this morning, but said he was forced to leave thousands of dollars worth of machinery behind.

It is unclear how many people the Carnarvon SES, Coral Coast Helicopter Service and the RAC Rescue Helicopter have rescued so far, but witnesses in Carnarvon say the number is likely in the 40s.

Department of Fire and Emergency Mid West Gascoyne Superintendent Craig Smith called for residents to avoid driving on flooded roads, saying there was no way to know the extent of damage.

“Be aware that the tropical low has dropped a lot of water,” he said.

Mr Smith stressed DFES would assist any communities which became isolated by road closures, calling on people to contact triple-0 or get in touch with Carnarvon SES on 132 500 in the event of an emergency.

At this stage, Mr Smith said he was not concerned the weather event would create an emergency further south in Geraldton, but he has urged resident to stay vigilant.

“It’s important to be aware of your situation,” he said.

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