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Mother nature has once again shown us what a powerful impact it can have on our lives. We have experienced widespread damage to our road networks, damage to homes and property and, tragically a life has been lost and another person is still missing.

On behalf of the Shire and the community I would like to express our deepest condolences to family and friends of Mr Boyes and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the missing man from Jerdacuttup.

We would like to say thank you to everyone in the community who forwarded information about roads, shared information that was being sent out and for your patience and understanding during the last few days and the for the next few weeks as we clean up and repair the damage. It may be a little wet out there but nothing can dampen our community’s strength and determination to pull together in times of crisis.

We are a strong resilient community who are blessed with many dedicated people who have been out mitigating damage, repairing what they can and assisting those who needed it. Our SES volunteers have worked tirelessly over the last few days, their commitment to community welfare is second to none. DFES, local police, Main Roads, Department of Transport, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Shire of Esperance Staff and many other agencies have all been flat out since Tuesday from looking at ways to reduce the potential damage, fixing challenges where possible and working hard to keep the community updated and safe since the flooding started.

Shire and main roads officers will be heading out assessing roads today. They will need to prioritise some roads based on access needs and safety issues. If you are unsure if your road damage has been reported please call the Shire and forward your concerns – 9071 0637.

Victoria Brown
Shire President