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Seroja recovery to cost up to $200m: DFES

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The clean-up bill for Tropical Cyclone Seroja will stretch into the hundreds of millions, with 126 homes along Western Australia’s mid-west coast rendered uninhabitable.

A total of 170 properties across the region have been destroyed or severely damaged, and another 491 have sustained moderate or minor damage.

Some 250 properties are still to be assessed.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm estimates the cost could be many times that spent on the Wooroloo bushfires which destroyed 86 homes near Perth in February.

“It’d be much more than that… you’re into $100 million to $200 million – somewhere around there,” he told reporters on Thursday.

Premier Mark McGowan said the damage was extraordinary.

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