Holiday makers and those travelling to the Gascoyne and Pilbara, including Coral Bay, Exmouth and Karratha, over the festive season need to plan ahead because of flooding in Carnarvon.
Those travelling to Coral Bay, Exmouth or Karratha face long detours and will need to take the Great Northern Highway towards Newman before heading west.
There is access on the North West Coastal Highway as far as Denham and Monkey Mia however people planning to travel to Carnarvon should delay their trip until further notice.
FESA A/Regional Director Grant Pipe said travellers heading to the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions needed to ensure they know how they would get to their destination safely.
“It is extremely important that people are prepared before they set off as their travel time will have increased significantly,” Mr Pipe said.
“In affected areas people need to approach all floodways with extreme caution, obey road closure signs, be aware of road conditions and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
The following roads are closed to all traffic until further notice: North West Coastal Highway from the Shark Bay turn off through to Minilya Roadhouse; Robinson Street in Carnarvon townsite from the North West Coastal Highway through to the Boundary Road intersection.
The remainder of the network in the Gascoyne region is currently open however it is subject to flash flooding.
Mr Pipe said people should carry plenty of water, tell someone their travel plans and know where they would be refuelling.
“Travellers should organise an emergency kit including a first aid kit, portable battery operated radio, waterproof torch, new spare batteries and essential medicines.”
“They should also identify where the local authorities are and keep their contact details handy,” he said.
Driving conditions may be hazardous in some areas and motorists are being urged to:
- Take care in areas where heavy rainfall has caused localised flooding
- Be cautious of emergency services who are continuing to work in the area
- Avoid travelling on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged
- If driving though rain, please slow down and turn your lights on or if visibility becomes poor, pull over and park until it passes
For further road closure information visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or contact Main Roads on 138 138.
For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210 , and listen to the radio for regular weather updates.
To keep up to date visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or call 1300 657 209.