Severe Flooding in the Fitzroy Valley Causes Huge Damage and Loss for Communities

Posted on January 11, 2023

It has been an extremely challenging start to 2023 for communities along the Martuwarra Fitzroy River who are currently experiencing the worst floods in WA history.

Floodwaters hit a record-breaking 15.8 metres in Fitzroy Crossing last week, causing widespread damage and destroying homes, businesses, roads and bridges, and killing and displacing countless wildlife and animals.

Wallaby and cattle cling to the damaged bridge in Fitzroy Crossing as floodwaters reach 15.8m. Pic: Andrea Myers.

Aerial shots show the devastating damage to local roads and the Fitzroy River Bridge from raging floodwaters. Pic: DFES.

It has been heart-breaking to see communities along the Martuwarra so heavily impacted, but we are inspired by the strength and resilience of the community who have come together during this disaster to ensure everyone is safe and that no one has been seriously injured.

This disaster is far from over, as floodwaters move downstream this week there is likely to be more damage and loss.

The extent of the destruction won’t be known for quite some time, with some communities possibly isolated for weeks, maybe months, as roads and bridges are repaired.

Here are some options to support local organisations:

This catastrophic flood event is unlike anything the Kimberley has ever experienced, but it is heart-warming that people across Australia have sent their warm wishes and donated to help those in need.

We’ll continue to update you on the floods and will let you know how you can help get the Fitzroy Crossing community back on its feet.

Fitzroy Crossing community working together to protect culture and save artwork during the floods. Pic: Andrea Myers.


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