Wednesday May 2, 2012
The rainfall figures are in for north-west Western Australia's wet season, with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting above average rainfall across the Pilbara and Kimberley.
The wet season has officially ended.
Some records were broken, with Dampier Downs in the Kimberley experiencing its wettest wet season on record, with more than 864 millimetres of rain.
The wettest location was Kalumburu, receiving more than 1,400mm.
It was not as wet as last season though, when Theda Station recorded the highest rainfall total of more than 2,000mm.
In the Pilbara, the wettest location was Rippon Hills Road, recording just under 500mm.
The bureau's Patrick Ward says a total of five tropical cyclones formed over the western region but only two crossed the Pilbara coast.
"It's pretty unusual to get any cyclones later on, so look, I don't think we are going to see much more but it is a good time of the year as we move into the dry season to get prepared for next year," he said.
"We were expecting above average rainfall, we didn't expect the season to be quite as extreme or severe as we saw last year, so [it] pretty much panned out as expected."
Thursday October 25, 2012
A final handful of flood-affected Warmun residents will move into new houses next week as a $75 million rebuild of the Kimberley community draws to a close.
Most of the community was destroyed by flash floods in March, 2011 after record rainfall.
Seventy-six houses have been rebuilt and the hundreds of people evacuated have had new homes built on higher ground.
Community CEO Ralph Addis says the last six or so will get the keys to their homes next week, completing the building project.
"Pretty good, I mean obviously the reconstruction started in sort of April, May last year, 2011, and we've rebuilt about 75-76 houses, including the refurbishment which is pretty much all of the community houses," he said.
"The last houses will be tenanted in the next week or two which is a great achievement all up by the contractors and the community.
"So there's only about half a dozen people to move back into their houses, they will be very pleased, they've been very patient.
"It hasn't been an easy time."
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