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Significant flooding event closes Cape Range National Park

Yardie Creek road damage, south of the Milyering Discovery Centre.
Yardie Creek road damage, south of the Milyering Discovery Centre. Department of Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that due to significant rainfall and flooding at Cape Range National Park in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, the park will remain closed until further notice.

Exmouth district manager Arvid Hogstrom said the weekend’s flooding, which was associated with ex-tropical cyclone Jack, had caused extensive damage to roads, campgrounds, recreational sites, park infrastructure and the Milyering Discovery Centre.

“This was a very rare and unexpected event. At least 250mm of rain was recorded within a 24 hour period,” he said.

“During the heavy rainfall, camp sites at the northern end of the park suffered significant damage and campers were forced to relocate and move to higher ground.

“Staff will today assess the extent of the damage and on-ground crews are assisting with the clean-up.

“Campers with bookings for the national park will need to make alternative arrangements and all visitors are advised to check road conditions to Exmouth and other national parks prior to any departure.”

For further information contact the Parks and Wildlife Exmouth District office on 9947 8000.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999

 

Last modified on Monday, 28 April 2014 14:27