Parry Inlet opened to prevent flooding

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The Shire issued a shark warning.
Camera IconThe Shire issued a shark warning.

The Shire of Denmark opened Parry Inlet last Friday to avoid flooding on Parry Beach road.

The water level in the inlet had reached 1.3m by Thursday last week, an increase of 10cm in the previous 36 hours.

That put it above the maximum level detailed in the Shire’s Parry Inlet sandbar opening protocol.

“The current forecast predicts 15-20mm of rain tomorrow afternoon, which will result in a significant traffic hazard on Parry Road over the weekend if the bar does not open naturally,” a Shire spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Parry Inlet is at the western end of the park, just north of Parry Beach and within walking distance of Parry Beach Campground. Before the trench was dug to allow waters of the inlet to meet the Southern Ocean, the Shire issued a shark warning and installed signs at the sandbar.

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“The public are notified that bull and bronze whaler sharks may be attracted to saline change zones during estuary bar openings immediately prior to the occurrence of these openings,” the spokeswoman said.

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