The rainfall records are tumbling all over the Kimberley. Last I heard, we’ve had the wettest January since 1956 and Kununurra had the wettest ever. There are lightning storms almost every night.
I am still stranded in Halls Creek, unable to get back to Billiluna. The Tanami and Duncan roads are in a bad state and a few road trains that foolishly tried to navigate them ended up stranded or bogged. River crossings are up and down with the rain so that even the sealed main highway between Broome and Kununurra via Halls Creek is intermittently closed. Over in Northern Territory, similar floods are holding up traffic at Timber Creek and Katherine.
This time last year there was very little restriction on travel. This year communities on the back roads are crying out for supplies and travellers foolish enough to defy the the closures are getting into difficulty. Riverbeds that I have never seen flowing with water, or even with pools all the time I have been here, are now running freely.
Everything is lush and green and growing really well, which means there is going to be a lot of fuel for bushfires in the dry season.
It’s all fun in the Kimberley.
The Bow River Bridge is 8 m or more above the riverbed. Here it is just about to go under.
Floodways can hold up traffic for hours.