Emergency supplies to arrive in Western Australia's flood-hit Carnarvon town

15:00, December 23, 2010      

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A convoy of trucks is due to arrive in the West Australian town of Carnarvon on Thursday to deliver fuel, groceries and other supplies following record floods in the Gascoyne region.

According to Shire President Dudley Maslen, the North West Coastal Highway was reopened to traffic on Thursday, allowing trucks carrying fuel, groceries and water into Carnarvon, and giving travelers who were stranded by the floods the chance to get out.

"There'll be a bit of a bottleneck for a while and we're just asking people to be patient," Maslen told Australia Associated Press.

About 40 residents of the small settlement at Gascoyne Junction, about 170km east of Carnarvon, were evacuated on Wednesday after properties there were heavily damaged in the floods and water and power supplies cut.

Maslen said water and power supplies have been largely restored to the town of Carnarvon, which escaped major flooding because of the reinforced levees.

Carnarvon's evacuation center is currently housing 180 people and Maslen added that the whole town and most of the plantations would have electricity restored by Thursday and only about 50 customers might be without power for another 10 days because roads remained cut off.

The shire president said despite the floods he believed residents would make the most of things and have a good Christmas.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority said helicopters would continue supply drops on Thursday to isolated communities and stations in the region.

It warned people to stay out of floodwaters which may contain sharp objects hidden below the water and animal carcasses that could carry diseases.

Meanwhile, surrounding plantations and pastoral stations along the Gascoyne River have lost millions of dollars in crops and livestock.

Source: Xinhua

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