The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Blackwood River Catchment in the Lower South West.
People in the Blackwood River Catchment including towns between Nannup and Augusta should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises the flood warning has been cancelled for the Blackwood River Catchment.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
• Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
• Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking
• Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
• Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
A number of roads have been closed including:
•Kulikup North at Eulin Crossing Road
•Condinup Crossing at Condinup Crossing Road
•Wilanarup Crossing at Terry Road
•Jayes Crossing on Terry Road
•Tweed Road Crossing
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting http://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/ or your local shire.
As at 10:48 am on Friday 29 January the Bureau of Meteorology advises river levels within the Blackwood River have fallen below minor flood levels.
The peak flows from this event will continue to progress downstream via Forest Grove before finally reaching Augusta.
It should be noted that extremely rapid river rises of 5 metres in 24 hours were observed at Gingilup and a 3 metre rise in 8 hours at Rosa Campsite. Rapid rises of this order are possible at downstream locations.
Current river levels are available from the Department of Water at http://www.water.wa.gov.au/
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
DFES is monitoring the situation.
• For State Emergency Service (SES) assistance call 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
No further updates will be issued.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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