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Prepare now for likely flooding in north and west Kimberley
Wednesday 16 December 2009 – 5:30 PM

People in the north and west Kimberley need to prepare for likely flooding.


At 2pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence, Category 4, was estimated to be 50 kilometres east of Cockatoo Island and 145 kilometres north northeast of Derby. It is moving south southwest at 11 kilometres per hour.


Heavy Rain is expected to continue over the north Kimberley region, extending into the western Kimberley later today and tomorrow.


Daily rainfall in excess of 100 millimetres is possible near the coast. Significant stream rises with widespread minor flooding is expected in the region including the Drysdale and King Edward River catchments.


FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:

·      Consider relocating equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters

·      Ensure your relocation kit, including your emergency kit is complete

·      Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days

·      Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate

·      Some roads may be flooded and impassable, so obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

·      Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, they are dangerous

·      Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, they are dangerous

·      Continue to monitor radio, television and the internet for more information


If you are a traveller do not park or camp in a dry river crossing.



There are no roads closed however motorists travelling along Cape Leveque Road, halfway between Lombadina and One Arm Point, are urged to drive with caution due to some flooding.


Further clarification should be sought from local shires or Main Roads WA on 138 138.



·      If you need SES assistance call 132 500. In a life threatening situation call 000.

·      Keep up to date with the latest weather information, visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

·      For current road conditions visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or call 138 138.

·      This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209.




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