Swan Valley wineries flooded after heavy rain

Upper Reach Winery. Photo: supplied
Upper Reach Winery. Photo: supplied

THE highest water levels in more than a decade made for an exciting Avon Descent over the weekend, however it also left some Swan Valley wineries under water.

Upper Reach Winery and Jane Brook Winery both had their vineyards flooded over the weekend as river levels rose.

More than 70mm of rain has fallen in the Swan Valley since Wednesday, while the Perth metropolitan area has recorded 80.2 mm – well over half of the 122.1 mm monthly average for August.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said a cold front due to hit Perth on Thursday would bring heavy rain, a storm and possible hail.

“The cold front will move through Busselton late Wednesday and hit Perth Thursday, bringing around 30mm of rain, a chance of thunderstorms and hail,” he said.

“We can expect heavy rain and strong winds, similar to what we experienced on Friday and Saturday.”

He said light showers could be expected throughout tomorrow and Wednesday as well.

“If we get the predicted 30mm later in the week we’re likely to meet the average rainfall for month only half way through August,” he said.