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Media Release

Emergency services help the East Pilbara and West Kimberley recover from Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua
Sunday 18 March 2012 – 4:35 PM


More than 120 emergency services personnel from FESA have worked tirelessly to help people in Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Nullagine, Newman and surrounding communities, adjacent mining and pastoral leases recover after Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lua.


Reconnaissance teams have completed ground assessments and reported very limited structural damage in the affected areas. 


The community was prepared to a high level and heeded warnings which greatly assisted emergency services personnel.
The State Emergency Service (SES), Volunteer Emergency Services (VES), career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team have supported the cleanup effort.
They have come from Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Broome, Armadale, the Belmont Communications Support Unit and Perth to assist.
Volunteers and FESA staff have been working closely with local governments, Department of Child Protection, WA Police, Horizon Power, Main Roads, Water Corporation, Department of Health to minimise the impact on the community.


More than 320 people relocated to the centres opened by the Department for Child Protection at Port Headland, Nullagine, Newman, Marble Bar and Jigalong for temporary accommodation.
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Newman
• Goldfields Highway from Wiluna to Meekatharra
• Rippon Hills Road from Marble Bar to Telfer
• Munjina Road from Munjina to the M51 turn off


For further information contact Main Roads WA on 138 138.
If you have concerns regarding your insurance coverage contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228. This number is not to be used for claims.


Horizon Power advises no customer faults are reported.  Line crews continue to carry out full inspections of the electricity network in affected areas.
The Water Corporation reports no damage but if you have problems with your water services contact 13 13 75.
If there are any affected customers this area they should call the faults line on 13 22 03. If you are not a Telstra customer contact your service provider for help.
• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
• If you are concerned about the location of family and friends in the area call the Red Cross State Inquiry Line on 1800 810 710 (when activated).
• 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 power lines call Western Power on 13 13 51. 


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