Geographe Bay smashed by storm | Photos

Busselton experienced its worst storm event since 2007 last week when a cold front smashed the coastline with high tides and 109 kilometre wind gusts recorded at the end of the jetty.

High tides smashed the coastline along Geographe Bay during last week's storm.

City of Busselton director of engineering and work services Oliver Darby said the city had not experienced a weather event of that size for 11 years.

“Our bay faces north and the storm came from the north,” he said.

“Coupled with high tide and a significant storm surge, major damage was sustained across the coast and the clean-up will take several months.”

The storm front caused extensive erosion and infrastructure damage all along the coastline of Geographe Bay on Tuesday, June 5 .

Infrastructure damage has seen beach access remain closed at the High Street car park after the stairs were dismounted.

Further along at King Street, rocks and tree roots were left exposed after extensive erosion and the beach access ramp washed away.

In Dunsborough, the shark net was entangled and damaged in the bay.

The beach access ramp at the King Street car park was washed away in the storm.

Mr Darby said the whole coastline was impacted with reports of damaged infrastructure and erosion.

He said repairs were underway and the city’s initial priority was to make areas safe.

“The city is assessing damage and remedial work will be scheduled according to priority,” he said. 

“We are also examining funding sources through storm damage grants and insurance. Some of the repairs will not be undertaken until the winter is over.”

In the meantime, Mr Darby said people should exercise caution where they could see storm damage. 

“The section foothpath at end of Alan Street has been washed away. Passage will be reinstated as soon as possible,” he said.

The city were unable to comment on the overall cost of the damage, with Mr Darby saying it was still being  assessed and insurance options were being investigated.

Busselton recorded 47 millimetres of rain in the last six days, the highest rainfall this month was recorded on Sunday reaching 30mm.

Busselton SES president Wayne Credaro said his volunteers responded to more than 20 call outs during the storm, responding to collapsed ceilings, flooding around Alan Street and homes with water damage.

Mr Credaro said their team had now responded to more than 50 jobs in the last two severe storm events.

“This is a credit to our guys and the best way to reach us is by calling 131 500,” he said.

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