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Media Release

Red Alert for Telfer
Tuesday 22 December 2009 – 12:00 PM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near Telfer.


You need to go immediately to the strongest safest part of your house or to your closest welfare centre. Keep your emergency kit with you. Stay away from doors and windows that should be closed.


A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Cotton Creek and Punmu. 


You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone. Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles. Move vehicles under cover. Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.


ALL CLEAR is current for people in or near Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie, Marble Bar and Nullagine.  


Wind and storm surge dangers have passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage such as fallen powerlines, trees, broken water and sewerage lines, loose roof sheeting and other material.




At 11am Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, category three, is estimated to be 95 kilometres west northwest of Telfer and 195 kilometres northwest of Cotton Creek.  


It is moving south southeast at 12 kilometres per hour.




The following roads are closed:

·         Great Northern Highway from Roebuck Roadhouse to Sandfire Roadhouse

·         Marble Bar Road from Port Hedland to Nullagine

·         Ripon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff

·         Telfer Road


Motorists should avoid the area and not drive into water of unknown depth and current.


There is no fuel at Sandfire Roadhouse. When Great Northern Highway reopens motorists will need to refuel at Pardoo or Roebuck Roadhouse and be prepared to travel for 500 kilometres without refuelling.



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