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Media Release

People urged to get ready for forecast heavy rainfall in the North West
Saturday 3 May 2014 – 9:00 AM
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging residents and travellers in the State’s North West to prepare for forecast heavy rainfall and potential localised flooding.
A developing low pressure system and rain band is approaching the north western parts of the State.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that heavy rainfall and local flooding is possible in western parts of the Pilbara and Gascoyne from Sunday 4 May to Tuesday 6 May.

DFES West Pilbara District Officer Paul Leiper said the forecast weather had the potential to cause damage to homes and property, and make road conditions hazardous.
“Although it is typical for rain to occur at this time of year the extent and amount of rain forecast is unusual, so we are asking people to be prepared and check with Main Roads and Local Governments for road conditions,” District Officer Leiper said.
“Drivers should take particular caution when driving on gravel roads and never drive through floodways or crossings with water of unknown depth and flow."
“DFES personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are ready to assist the community if required, but ask that the community do their part to ensure they are prepared.”

  • If travelling, consider notifying someone of your arrangements prior to departure and also when you arrive, or make alternative arrangements to avoid becoming stranded and isolated by road closures.
  • Do not drive through water of unknown depth and flow.
  • Clear drains, gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain.
  • Prepare your home and family for bad weather, including compiling an emergency kit with a battery powered radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
  • If you are impacted by the bad weather and are unable to safely fix the damage yourself call the SES on 132 500. Provide as much information as possible to the operator about your situation.
To keep up to date on the latest weather information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au

For information about what to do before, during or after a storm visit  http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/storm/Pages/default.aspx



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