Recent heavy rain boosts Bells Rapids in the Swan River

Recent heavy rain boosts Bells Rapids in the Swan River
Recent heavy rain boosts Bells Rapids in the Swan River

BELLS Rapids in the Swan River is flowing again after recent heavy rainfall across WA.

Parts of the Swan Valley received up to 80mm last week, causing the river to break its banks and flood nearby paddocks.

Ellenbrook resident Lee Abbott took photos with his drone of the river following the rainfall and said he could not believe the difference.

“I was there only two days before the drone photos and there was no water flow, just a large puddle of stagnant water,” he said.

“I have seen Bells Rapids with a lot of water flow in the past, but not quite like this. It really blew me away by how fast the water had risen in such a short time and how fast the water was actually flowing. It was absolutely fantastic to see.”

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting more heavy rain this week, with a tropical low off the northwest causing cloud bands across Perth.

Bureau forecaster James Crow said Perth could expect more rainfall and possible thunderstorms tomorrow and Friday. He said the recent rainfall was out of the ordinary for this time of year.

“At this stage it’s a thunderstorm situation, with heavier rains on Thursday and Friday and a chance of more than 20mm,” he said.

“You wouldn’t say this type of tropical event is normal. Two in the space of 10 days is quite rare. It’s very interesting.”