Australia: Locals Rescued From Roof

Thirty people have been rescued by helicopter from the roof of a property near Gascoyne Junction, 950 kilometres north of Perth, as flooding continues in parts of Western Australia.

Another six people were rescued after becoming stranded at Yalgoo, east of Geraldton.

Two police helicopters and a plane were used in the rescue of the residents who were stranded for more than 20 hours.

Keep up to date with ABC Radio’s Gascoyne flood coverage here.

Floodwaters around the coastal town of Carnarvon are continuing to rise despite the ease in the rain and 85 people have spent the night at the town’s evacuation centre.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) says it has contingency plans in place if flood waters continue to rise.

The Gascoyne River has reached a record level of 7.7 metres in Carnarvon.

Les Hayter from FESA says a high tide at the rivermouth will slow the water from flowing out to sea.

Mr Hayter say rescue crews are on standby if the flooding worsens.

“A couple of the aircraft are actually located in Carnarvon, there was a couple sent up from Geraldton and they’re heading home to Geraldton tonight,” he said.

“There’ll be a reassessment of whether we need to keep all of those aircraft on standby.”

Carnarvon Shire’s manager of community services, Ali Mills, says authorities are also closely monitoring the suburb of East Carnarvon.

“We were looking at potential evacuation there but I think that that’s holding at the moment,” she said.

Meanwhile, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he may visit the region tomorrow with Agriculture Minister Terry Redman.

“There’s no doubt there’s been significant losses of livestock, also there’s probably some damage to buildings and other property,” he said.

“But my understanding is the river levies, the main levies are intact and while there’s a lot of local flooding the situation is under control.”

Mr Barnett says it will not be possible to assess the full extent of the damage until floodwaters recede.

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