Disaster relief available for storm-damaged shires

Family property under 2ft of water. (Emma Hamersley)

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Commonwealth Emergency Management minister Bridget McKenzie and WA Emergency Services minister Reece Whitby invited the City of Albany, and Shires of Denmark and Plantagenet to apply for the jointly funded Commonwealth-State disaster recovery funding.

Senator McKenzie said more than 100mm of rain was recorded in some areas, while winds of up to 100km per hour felled trees and power lines in a four-hour period.

A Denmark Shire worker performs emergency safety work at Strickland Street. (Shire of Denmark)

“The significant damage to both major roads between Albany and Denmark – the South Coastal Highway and Lower Denmark Road – caused major disruption for residents and motorists,” Senator McKenzie said.

“Financial assistance, through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, is now available to help restore public assets, road networks and for clean-up operations.”

Many stranded without power or water

WA Emergency Services minister Reece Whitby said SES crews received 174 calls for assistance from affected communities.

“The level of damage to homes, roads and infrastructure had left many people stranded without power or water,” Mr Whitby said.

“This has been a highly distressing time for residents and I would like to reassure families and businesses in affected communities that help is on the way.”

“This has been a highly distressing time for residents and I would like to reassure families and businesses in affected communities that help is on the way.

“This financial assistance will enable communities in the region to rebuild and restore vital road networks and public assets.”

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