CBH Borden receival site turns into lake

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Water gushes through the Borden bins.
Camera IconWater gushes through the Borden bins. Credit: Picture: Twitter

CBH faces a big damage bill and long delays to shipments at one of the most crucial moments of the season after the record rains.

The co-operative confirmed a flood at its receival site in Borden, where grain was being held after being collected by local growers after harvest.

Social media posts showed torrents of water gushing through the bins and lapping the edges of temporary grain holding pens.

Because of the record harvest, large amounts of grain are being held in emergency overflow bins at sites around the Wheatbelt.

It is also understood wheat ships are queuing down the coast as the rain has cut roads and slowed transport from holding sites up-country.

CBH confirmed it was conducting an assessment of the Borden site to come to grips with the full extent of the damage.

The grain was under fumigation, so workers need to wait before they can gain access.

Once grain is received by CBH it is under the responsibility of the co-op, meaning growers should still be paid. The grain and infrastructure is insured.

The group said it was working with rail company Brookfield and customers to determine the extent of flood damage to road and rail infrastructure and the grain network.

“Kwinana, Albany and Esperance ports will experience some delays in ship loading as the network and road and rail resources get back to normal operations later in the week,” a spokeswoman said.

Brookfield closed most lines in the Kwinana port zone last Friday and they were likely to stay closed until the middle of this week.

Almost all farmers finished their grain harvests at the end of January and were now moving their product to receival sites around the Wheatbelt for storage and sale.

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