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Media Release

SES helps cyclone affected communities
Tuesday 22 December 2009 – 2:30 PM

People in Telfer, Cotton Creek and Punmu are on alert as Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence heads inland while other Pilbara coastal communities begin the clean up.


More than 30 FESA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Port Hedland, Newman and Broome SES have been mobilised since yesterday morning to help the local community.


Seven SES volunteers from metropolitan units have also arrived in the Pilbara while the Marble Bar Volunteer Emergency Services Unit is on standby to assist with recovery efforts.


Incident management teams have been established to help people who have been impacted by the cyclone.


There have been no injuries reported but strong winds and heavy rain caused significant damage to buildings at the Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park and Mandora and Wallal homesteads overnight.


Widespread stock losses have also been reported. 


Sandfire Roadhouse and Yarrie Homestead suffered minor damage.


Three FESA reconnaissance helicopters are currently surveying affected areas for further damage.


SES volunteers are delivering equipment to people at Wallal Homestead and are helping with clean up efforts at Sandfire Roadhouse.


Motorists are reminded that there is no fuel at Sandfire Roadhouse on Great Northern Highway so they will need to refuel at Pardoo or Roebuck roadhouses and be prepared to travel 500 kilometres without refuelling.



·         People needing SES assistance can call 132 500. 

·         In a life threatening situation call 000.

·         For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

·         For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

·         To report downed powerlines call Western Power on 13 13 51.


For more cyclone safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au


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