A wastewater pipe damaged during the historic Kimberley flooding event in Fitzroy Crossing has finally been repaired after spewing sewage into the Martuwarra Fitzroy River for 47 days. The pipe was attached to the Fitzroy Crossing Bridge which collapsed due to harsh rainfall brought on by ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie on January 3. According to the Water Corporation, heavy rainfall on January 28 to 29 forced initial repairs to be halted until it was safe to recommence work. Acknowledging the delays had been frustrating, Water Corporation North West manager Sharon Broad thanked the community for their patience while crews completed the work. “Obviously we would have liked to be finished sooner, but once the rain came the only way forward was to make the area safe and to get on with the job,” she said. “We’re very aware of how important the river is to communities in the region, and we want to reassure people that we worked as quickly and safely as possible to complete works. “We’re very grateful for the community’s patience, and for the support from Main Roads, the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and all those involved in recovery efforts.” Long-term plans to make the pipeline resistant to harsh weather conditions are ongoing, according to the Water Corporation who are exploring the possibility of burying the pipe under the Fitzroy River.