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Image: Philips River bridge was destroyed by the flooding event that impacted large parts of the state in January and February 2017. Image courtesy of Main Roads.

​Two flood ​​​events proclaimed as ‘eligible disasters’ under WANDRRA so far this summer

20 February 2017

Two natural hazard events have been proclaimed as eligible disasters under the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) so far in 2017.

The two events were:

1. Floodin​​​g in Western Australia (January and February 2017). 

This event was proclaimed an eligible disaster under WANDRRA on 13 February 2017.

Description of event: Large parts of the state (covering 88 local government areas) received significant rainfall, with record levels being recorded in several locations. 

The tropical low over the Kimberley was responsible for the rain in that area and then as the low tracked through the Pilbara it was to become the moisture source for the rain band that impacted the south and south west of Western Australia. 

An upper level trough moving out of the Southern Ocean linked with the moisture from the tropical low and hence we saw the widespread heavy rainfall. The resulting floods were undoubtedly enhanced because catchments were saturated due to previous rainfall across much of the same areas. 

2. T​​​ropical Low and Flooding in the Pilbara (26 December 2016). 

This event was proclaimed an eligible disaster under WANDRRA on 24 January 2017.

Description of event: A tropical low tracked over the Kimberley and then moved south eastwards over the Kiwirrkurra area in the Shire of East Pilbara. The Kiwirrkurra indigenous community was affected and required supplies of fuel, food and medicine to be airlifted in by the Hazard Management Agency.


WANDRRA is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and administered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), with assistance from other agencies.  

WANDRRA was previously administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) until 30 November 2016. WANDRRA provides help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a proclaimed natural disaster event. Assistance is provided via a range of relief measures to assist communities to recover from eligible natural disaster events. To learn more about WANDRRA, including funding information, click here​