Crescent Gold mining camp evacuated

Emergency services have evacuated a mining camp and more than 200 people are at a relocation centre as the northern Goldfields town faces flooding.

Most people forced to relocate to Laverton shire hall are from the Crescent Gold mining camp, which is entirely underwater.

“The top of the town’s great, but the bottom is underwater,” Laverton shire president Rob Wedge said.

“There’s one major property out on Racecourse Road that’s copped it. They’ve had to be moved out because they’re in a flood way.”

As floodwaters continue to rise, residents from the northern Goldfields to Eucla are being urged to leave their homes before it is too late.

“There is a possible threat to lives and homes due to rising water levels in local rivers and streams,” a Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) spokesperson said.

Coastal parts of Western Australia are also on cyclone alert for Cyclone Dianne, due to hit later today or Friday.

The category one cyclone will bring with it wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour between Exmouth and Cape Cuvier, according to the weather bureau.

Over 140mm of rain have bucketed down in Laverton in the last 30 hours, and another 100mm is expected today.

All roads to the Shire of Laverton have been closed and Kalgoorlie State Emergency Service is on standby.

For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/wa or call 1300 659 213.

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