The Australian Defence Force is providing assistance to the Western Australian government in the Kimberley region where heavy rainfall from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie has isolated communities.
CAPTION: A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan takes off from RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, bound for Western Australia and Operation Flood Assist 23-1. Photo by Corporal Brett Sherriff.
At the request of National Emergency Management Australia (NEMA), Defence is providing transport aircraft to assist in the evacuation of flood-affected residents.
Defence continues to work closely with NEMA in monitoring disasters affecting the community.
However, flying is subject to change, including short-notice cancellation, due to variables such as air traffic control requirements, weather and flood levels.
Landing at some outlying airfields has not been possible in the early stages of the emergency, because of flood damage to runway surfaces and/or persistent floodwaters.