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Media Release

Prepare now for likely flooding in De Grey River catchment area
Monday 21 December 2009 – 5:50 PM
People in the De Grey River catchment need to prepare for likely flooding.


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.




The following roads are closed:

·         Gibb River Road between the end of sealed section in Derby to the Wyndham turnoff

·         Cape Leveque Road

·         Great Northern Highway between Roebuck Roadhouse near Broome through to Port Hedland

·         Marble Bar from Port Hedland to Nullagine

·         Ripon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff

·         Telfer Road


Before travelling check with local WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138 on road closures and inland roads may become affected as the cyclone crosses the coast.




·         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 www.fesa.wa.gov.au.


This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209.


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