CBH to assess flood damage to grain at Borden

24.02.2017

Grain at CBH's Borden site will be assessed in coming weeks but the co-operative expects to find "minimal damage" after heavy flooding earlier this month.

About 70,000 tonnes of wheat, barley and canola were in bins and open bulkheads at the Borden site north of Albany when tor-rents of water gushed through.

Social media posts showed floodwater lapping the edges of temporary grain pens.

A CBH spokeswoman said the co-operative was still in talks with insurers to cover damages but it was too early to submit a claim or know exactly how much grain was spoiled.

"It will take a number of weeks to understand how much grain may have been damaged," she said.

"However, at this stage it appears to be a minimal amount.

"Any grain considered damaged will be classified as so because of moisture."

The Borden site was the only CBH facility affected by storms which belted WA's south.

More than 169mm fell at the town's nearest weather observation station at Ongerup, 20km away, in February.

The CBH spokeswoman said growers who delivered to the site during harvest would still be paid.

Once grain is received by CBH it is the responsibility of the co-op. "CBH is working with insurers, so there won't be a damage bill as such," she said. "There will not be any changes to grain payments."


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