Warmun Hit By Floods

Warmun Hit By Floods

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Deputy Premier Kim Hames

Government To Inspect Warmun Flood Damage

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier Kim Hames will today fly to the East Kimberley to inspect damage caused by severe flooding, Premier Colin Barnett said.

Premier Barnett said Dr. Hames would give feedback to the State Government about the situation on the ground and ensure assistance was provided to those affected by the flooding.

“Floodwaters at Warmun have washed away homes and cars, rendering the town uninhabitable.” Premier Barnett said.

“Up to 300 people have been evacuated and the town no longer has running water or power.”

 

The flooding in the Kimberley also follows significant rainfall in the Gascoyne, Mid-West and Pilbara.

Premier Barnett said Fire and Emergency Services were co-ordinating food supply to pastoral stations and in the East Kimberley.

“Our first priority is the safety of people affected by this flooding.” Premier Barnett said.

“This includes ensuring access to fresh food and water, and evacuating those who require it.”

“Rebuilding this region will require an ongoing effort, and as a first step, I have asked the Deputy Premier to inspect the area so we can understand the priorities.” Premier Barnett said.

Dr. Hames, who left Perth at midday on Tuesday, has a special co-ordinating responsibility for Government in the Kimberley region.

“It has been a very tough few months for West Australians.” Dr. Hames said.

“We have already had flooding in Carnarvon and devastating fires in Perth’s hills area and the State’s south. Overseas and in the Eastern States, lives have been lost in natural disasters.”

“I am thankful that has not been the case here.” Dr. Hames said.

During his visit, Dr. Hames said he intended to meet with members of the local council and Kimberley Development Commission to discuss the recovery of the region.

WA Deputy Premier Kim Hames

WA Deputy Premier Kim Hames