A total of 170 homes and businesses were totally destroyed or severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Seroja, with the repair costs expected to reach $200m.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan described it as a traumatic event, with ramifications that would roll on for some time, noting a further 491 properties were also affected moderately or slightly.
“It’s really quite extraordinary to see what the cyclone did to some people’s businesses and homes,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“Obviously the assessment of the total cost of the damage we don’t know yet — that’s an ongoing process.”
Department of Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm estimated the damage bill could be as high as $200m.
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