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Prepare now for likely flooding in the north and west Kimberley
Friday 18 December 2009 – 1:35 PM

People in or near Kalumburu need to prepare for likely flooding.


Widespread rainfall in the north and west Kimberley catchments over the past 24 hours to 9am (Friday), has included totals of between 100 millimeters and 400 millimeters. This is due to ex-Tropical Cyclone Laurence.


Significant stream rises will continue with minor flooding in the northern and western Kimberley catchments, including the King Edward and Lennard Rivers.



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

·         Relocate 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

·         Carry food and water if travelling in case of long delays at crossings

·         Watch for changes in water levels in case they rise quickly and you need to act



SES volunteers are available should an incident arise.




The Gibb River Road is closed due to heavy rain. No other major highways are closed.


A helicopter will fly store managers back to the Imintji community tomorrow morning with extra supplies to reopen the store.





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.


For more flood safety tips visit the FESA website.


This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209.


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