*Please note changes under De Grey River catchment flood information - major flooding is occurring within the De Grey River catchment.
People in the De Grey River, Pilbara Coastal Rivers and Fortescue River catchments need to take action now as flooding is expected today and into tomorrow.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.
• Ensure your relocation kit, including your emergency kit is complete.
• Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
• Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
• 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.
• Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
• 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.
• If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.
Prepare for flooding in parts of the Kimberley, Pilbara and Midwest Gascoyne
People in the Interior District should prepare for possible flooding expected today and tomorrow.
There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.
DFES advises you to:
• Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
• Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
• Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
• To prevent flooding inside your home, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways.
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Pilbara region
People in the Pilbara District should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises the flood watch has been cancelled for Pilbara District.
WHAT TO DO:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
• Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking
• Ripon Hills Road - from Marble Bar Road to Telfer Access Road
• Marble Bar Road - Marble Bar to Village Access Road
• Marble Bar Road - Village Access Road to Roy Hill Munjina Road - open to 4WD only
ROADS OPEN WITH CAUTION
• Marble Bar Road - Roy Hill Munjina Road to Newman
• Great Northern Highway - Auski Roadhouse to Broome
• North West Coastal Highway – Roebourne to Port Hedland
• North West Coastal Highway - Minilya to Barradale
• Nanutarra Munjina Road – Paraburdoo Spur to Bingarn Road
• Point Samson-Roebourne Rd
Some local roads may also be closed.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visitingwww.mainroads.wa.gov.auor the local shire.
As at 3.19pm on Sunday 31 of January the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is:
• Major Flood Warning in place for the De Grey River Catchment
• Flood Warnings in place for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers and Fortescue River Catchments
• Flood Watch for the Interior District
• Flood Cancellation for the Pilbara District
De Grey River Catchment:
Major flooding is occurring within the De Grey River catchment.
River levels in the Coongan River at Marble Bar have exceeded the major flood level (3.5m) as a result of heavy rainfall in the De Grey River catchment from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Stan.
The Coongan River at Marble Bar Road is currently above the minor flood level (2.0m) at 2.1 and steady.
The river is expected to dramatically rise in the next 6 hours as the peak observed at Marble Bar moves downstream.
The Nullagine River at Nullagine has rapidly risen over the past few hours to 2.9m approaching the moderate flood level (3.0m).
The Oakover River at Ripon Hills Road is currently above the minor flood level (1.5m) at 1.8m and steady.
Widespread rainfall is expected to continue in the upper areas of the De Grey River catchment overnight Sunday. This rainfall is likely to generate rapidly rising streams and rivers throughout the catchment.
Significant rises are expected to continue during Sunday and into Monday in the Oakover River, Coongan River, Nullagine River and Shaw River in response to recorded and forecast rainfall.
The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool is expected to remain below the minor flood level (5.5m) during Sunday.
Pilbara Coastal Rivers:
Flooding is expected to develop in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers during Sunday and into Monday.
Recorded rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am Sunday include:
• Carraba 23mm
• Lyre Creek Well 14mm
• Port Hedland Airport 11mm
For the 24 hours to 9am Monday no significant rainfall is forecast for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers.
Significant river rises with areas of flooding is expected to develop in the Yule, Turner, Sherlock and Maitland rivers during Sunday and into Monday.
Fortescue River Catchment:
Flooding is expected to develop in the upper areas of the Fortescue River catchment during Sunday and Monday.
For the 24 hours to 9am Monday widespread rainfall totals of 20mm to 50mm are forecast for the upper areas of the Fortescue River catchment, with isolated heavier falls up to 100mm possible.
Rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am Sunday include:
• Barimunya 43mm
• Tarina 38mm
• Newman Airport 35mm
• Flat Rocks 29mm
• Bilanoo Pool 25mm
Significant river rises with areas of flooding is expected to develop in the upper areas of the Fortescue River catchment During Sunday and Monday.
Flooding may develop in the Interior District during Sunday and into Monday.
For the 48 hours to 9am Tuesday widespread rainfall totals of 20mm to 50mm are forecast for the Interior District, with isolated heavier falls up to 150mm possible.
Significant stream rises with areas of flooding may develop in the Interior District during Sunday and into Monday.
Widespread flooding is not expected to develop in the western part of the Pilbara District though river rises may occur due to rainfall associated with thunderstorm activity in the next few days.
No significant rainfall is forecast in the western part of the Pilbara District for the 48 hours to 9am Tuesday.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• For State Emergency Service assistance call 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visitwww.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 visitwww.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
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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