One Carnarvon family say they’ve been from one extreme to the next as they lost a majority of their crop to the record-breaking floods. Janelle Sullivan’s family own the Sullivan Bros Mango Plantation which is located on North River Road, adjacent to the Gascoyne River. Ms Sullivan is currently in Perth for university and has tried to stay updated on the situation via social media. “I’ve probably called Mum more times in the past three days than I have in the past year,” she laughed. “It’s a bit frustrating that there’s nothing I could do to help from here.” Mango season for the Sullivan’s is later than most, they were halfway through their season and the fruit is their only crop. “We prepare for the entire year for about four weeks of picking and we still had two weeks to go… when we have the news of the river flow we had to like pick as much as we could, because we have 5000 trees and there was still 3000 left to pick,” she said. Due to their plantation being located on the west side of the Bibbawarra Road, they were one of the first to be cut off due to the flooded roads. “The trucks had to give us a call at seven o’clock and say sorry look it’s getting too deep and too dangerous for us to drive...It’s most likely just going to go to waste because we have to wait for the waters to go down before the trucks can even pick it up,” she said. The family recently started another family’s business — The Mango Project — which repurpose mangoes into skincare items, but Ms Sullivan said they won’t be able to do that in this situation due not having the facility ready for processing. “A lot of our mangoes we lose to sunburn because it’s quite hot up north, so we actually lost a large majority of our crop to sunburn. And then a week later, the rest of it ends up getting flooded so it goes from one extreme to another,” Ms Sullivan said. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Carnarvon was hit with more than 150mm of rain in the 24 hours before 9am on Friday — more than it received for the whole of 2020. The record-breaking rainfall caused the worst flooding in the region since 2010, and placed it in the top five floods for the area in the last 50 years. The Gascoyne River peaked at Nine Mile Bridge yesterday at 7.2m. Its previous highest peak was 7.7m in 2010. “When you start to see the volumes of water that were flowing into the river from falls of over 150 millimetres in 24 hours that the amount of energy that’s packed in there is substantial,” Neil Bennett from the Bureau of Meteorology said. “We’ve seen that it has disrupted roads its torn those apart and fast moving water is particularly dangerous one cubic meter of water weighs a ton. So that’s a lot of water that’s moving through at some pace as well. So flooding is a significant issue, and it will continue for some time.” The heavy rain came from the ex-tropical cyclone which has moved through the Kimberley and Pilbara and is making its way south.