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Media Release

SES responds as storm hits Great Southern and Goldfields - more bad weather to come
Wednesday 10 February 2010 – 11:15 AM

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has answered more than 100 calls for help after a widespread storm hit the Great Southern and parts of the Goldfields yesterday afternoon.


Most damage has been reported in the Great Southern near Dumbleyung and Gnowangerup. Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields has reported minor damage.


A FESA SES Incident Management Team is set up in Dumbleyung to help the recovery efforts.


SES volunteers from Albany and Narrogin have been busy assessing major structural damage, making temporary repairs to homes and outbuildings, fixing minor roof damage and removing fallen trees from homes, cars and fences.


They are being supported by local volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters, WA Police and council workers.


The Dumbleyung Primary School has lost half its roof, part of the Dumbleyung hotel roof has collapsed and the local VFRS station has lost both roller doors.


Houses have been damaged in Dumbleyung and Gnowangerup and farms in the area have reported damage to sheds, outbuildings and fencing.


If the storm has caused damage to your home that you can’t fix yourself call the SES on

132 500, but please be patient because there are many people who need their help.


More bad weather coming for parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields and Central Wheatbelt


People are urged to take action and stay safe with more bad weather to come this afternoon from midday.


If you live in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields and Central Wheatbelt you need to get ready.


This includes the area between Bremer Bay, Southern Cross, Leinster, Laverton and Israelite Bay.


The Bureau of Meteorology advises the storm could bring dangerous weather including very heavy rainfall, flash flooding, large hail and strong winds. This could damage your home and make travel unsafe.


The SES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:

  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home 

If driving, take extra care on the roads:

·      Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers

·      If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears

·      Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current



·      For SES assistance call 132 500

·      In a life threatening situation call 000

·      For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138

·      To report downed power lines call Western Power on 13 13 51

·      For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213


More information about what to do before, during or after a storm can be found at www.fesa.wa.gov.au  


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