Power still out after Seroja smashes WA

About 4000 homes and businesses in WA remain without power after being hit by Cyclone Seroja.
About 4000 homes and businesses in WA remain without power after being hit by Cyclone Seroja.

West Australians affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja will receive help with their power and water bills as the massive clean-up effort continues.

About 4100 homes and businesses remain without power after the storm caused widespread damage across the state's Mid West and Wheatbelt regions.

More than 875 buildings have received some form of damage and 32 have been completely destroyed, including 23 homes.

The state government has announced electricity and water relief for people in the impacted area, which spans 700km long and 150km wide.

All customers in Kalbarri and Northampton will receive a 50,000 litre water usage allowance and will have their service charges waived for 12 months.

Other measures include doubling the extended power outage payment, waiving reconnection fees and a pause on overdue accounts.

"The impacts of ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja have been devastating for our communities in the Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions," Energy Minister Bill Johnston said on Monday.

"Repairing the electricity network is massive and the biggest ever undertaken by Western Power; thank you to the 230 staff that have been rebuilding the network in such a short time."

Some areas are expected to be without power for weeks after Seroja made landfall as a category three storm with winds up to 170km/h.

Forty-four schools have been cleared of cyclone damage and 41 of those will welcome back students for the start of Term 2.

SES volunteers, Department of Fire and Emergency Services personnel and Australian Defence Force reservists are leading the clean-up efforts.

Authorities believe the overall impact could take up to two years to repair and cost upwards of $200 million.

Australian Associated Press