Broome soaked by more than 500ml of rain in two days as wet season deluge closes roads

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Several potholes have appeared following heavy rains in Broome.
Camera IconSeveral potholes have appeared following heavy rains in Broome. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Broome Advertiser

Two days of heavy rain has flooded homes, cut off estates, left debris strewn across Broome and forced the closure of the Dampier Peninsula’s new all-weather road.

Following Sunday’s 238mm deluge, a further 326mm fell on Monday and more heavy falls are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rains picked up on Monday evening, leading to widespread flooding and several localised road closures, including Old Broome Road and Short Street in Chinatown.

In some areas of central Broome water levels on the roads were reaching as high as the bonnets of four-wheel-drives and flooding stretched the entire length of bitumen from Broome North to the Boulevard Shopping Centre.

Several potholes have also appeared around town, most notably outside Broome Police Station and at the shopping centre’s roundabout.

Those rains reached the peninsula too, leading to the closure of the Cape Leveque Road which has recently been sealed to enable remote community residents access to Broome in the wet season.

The Great Northern Highway remains closed between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek today, and is open with caution for the rest of its length between Broome and Kununurra.

The Fitzroy River peaked late on Monday and had on Tuesday morning dropped to 11.68m at the bridge, but with more rain forecast in the catchment area for the next few years that could change.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasting suggests Broome is in for another wild day with heavy falls and damaging winds possible and a very high chance of rain.

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