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Media Release

Red Alert for Telfer, Cotton Creek and Punmu
Tuesday 22 December 2009 – 6:35 PM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near Telfer, Cotton Creek and Punmu.


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. Take your relocation kit with you if you have been advised to relocate.


ALL CLEAR is current for people in areas from 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 5pm Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be 60 kilometres south southwest of Telfer and 85 kilometres northwest of Cotton Creek. It is moving southeast at 20 kilometres per hour.


Destructive winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour are possible at Cotton Creek and Punmu this evening and gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may occur near Telfer.


Heavy rainfall is falling over the eastern Pilbara with rainfall totals in excess of 150 millimetres likely near the south side of the track including the far eastern parts of the De Grey river catchment. Heavy rainfall is expected to extend into the Interior tomorrow.



The following roads are closed:

  • Ripon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff
  • Telfer Road

Motorists should avoid the area and should 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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