*Please note motorists should take care and drive with caution when crossing at Tumbinna Pool on Nullagine River as water levels have risen and may lead to flash flooding
*Please note changes throughout
Take action now for moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara
People in or near the De Grey River Catchment area need to take action now as moderate flooding is expected today.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.
People in or near the Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment and Fortescue River Catchment should take care after the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled the flood warning for these areas. A flood watch has also been cancelled for the interior district. There is no more flooding expected, however people in these areas should watch for rising water levels in local rivers and streams and other hazards.
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.
Please note motorists should take care and drive with caution when crossing at Tumbinna Pool on Nullagine River as water levels have risen and may lead to flash flooding
A number of roads are closed including:
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Kumarina ( to light vehicles )
• Rippon Hills Road from Marble Bar to Telfer Access Road
• Marble Bar Road from Port Hedland to Marble Bar
• Marble Bar Road from Marble Bar to Nullagine
• Marble Bar Road from Nullagine to Roy Hill Village Access Road
• Marble Bar Road from Abydos Intersection (shaw River) to marble Bar
The following roads are open with caution:
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Kumarina
• Great Northern Highway - Auski Roadhouse to Port Hedland
• Great Northern Highway - Port Hedland to Roebuck Roadhouse
• Marble Bar Road - Roy Hill Munjina Road to Newman
• Marble Bar Road from Port Headland to Abydos Intersection (Shaw River)
• 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 Road
• Marble Bar Road from Roy Hill Village Access Road to Roy Hill Munjina Road (open to 4WD only )
• Nanutarra Munjina Road from Paraburdoo Spur to Bingarn Road
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.
De Grey River Catchment
As at 4.42pm the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a Flood Warning for the De Grey River Catchment
Moderate flooding is occurring within the De Grey River catchment.
The Coongan River at Marble Bar is currently above minor flood level at 1.2m and falling. The Coongan River at Marble Bar Road is currently above the minor flood level at 2.2m and falling. The river level is currently above the minor flood level (1.8m) at 2.4m and falling.
The Shaw River at North Pole Mine is currently above the minor flood level at 1.1m and steady.
The Nullagine River at Nullagine is currently above the minor flood level at 1.3m and falling. The Nullagine River at Thumbinna Pool is currently above the moderate flood level at 3.7m and rising.
No significant rainfall is forecast of the De Grey River catchment.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Renewed river rises in the Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool and in the Oakover River at Ripon Hills Road are expected to continue overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
Significant river rises in the Shaw River at Marble Bar Road Crossing are expected to continue overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
Whilst significant river rises are expected in the De Grey River at Coolenar Pool, river levels are expected to remain below the minor flood level (5.5m) overnight Monday into Tuesday.
As at 10:51 am the Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Warning for the Interior District has been cancelled.
Widespread flooding is not expected to develop in the Interior District.
A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall that may lead to flah flooding associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Stan is current for the Interior District.
Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment
As at 10:47 am the Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Warning for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment has been cancelled.
River levels are below minor flood levels in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. With no significant rainfall forecast, flooding is not expected to develop.
Fortescue River Catchment
As at 10:47 am the Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Warning for the Fortescue River Catchment has been cancelled.
River levels are below minor flood levels in the Fortescue River Catchment.
With no significant rainfall forecast, flooding is not expected to develop.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at http://www.water.wa.gov.au/.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
DFES is monitoring the situation and responding as required.
SES volunteers have rescued 11 people from flood events across five separate incidents throughout the Pilbara.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit 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.
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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