City of Swan mayor declares flooding across Swan Valley an emergency

SWAN Mayor Mick Wainright has declared flooding across the Swan Valley an emergency.

The flooding, which started last Friday, caused extensive damage to vineyards, properties and parks and reserves in the Swan Valley.

Mr Wainright said the emergency declaration, which followed Premier Colin Barnett also declaring an emergency, meant the City could internally address the damage and clean-up effort quickly.

“The City is working with a number of agencies to ensure the clean up and recovery effort is as seamless as possible, however the damage is widespread and in some cases quite extensive,” he said.

“The City has a big job ahead and this will allow us to get on with the task of securing public health and safety and repairing damage.”

The City has formed a recovery committee to assess and address the damage, which includes staff from the City, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Police and Department of Agriculture.

WA Grape Growers Association president Darryl Trease said on ABC Radio Mr Barnett’s emergency declaration would “hopefully enable some funding from the Federal Government to assist with rebuilding infrastructure and help with the clean-up”.

“Any little bit helps when you’ve been completely wiped out,” he said.

Mr Wainwright said people should stay away from affected waterways while the clean up was underway.

“Some waterways are still moving rapidly and continue to pose a safety risk, so we are asking that people refrain from visiting those areas until the flooding has subsided,” he said.

Someparks and reserves are closed across the city until further notice.

This includes Fish Market Reserve, Kings Meadow in Guildford, Middle Swan Reserve, Woodbridge Regional Riverside Park and Bells Rapids.