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Media Release

Unseasonable weather forecast prompts warning for people in the Pilbara
Thursday 17 July 2014 – 2:05 PM
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging residents and travellers in central and eastern parts of the Pilbara to prepare for possible heavy rainfall and localised flooding.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that an upper level trough is currently moving through north western parts of the State.
Unseasonable heavy rainfall and local flooding is forecast for eastern and central parts of the Pilbara from today, Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July.
DFES Pilbara Area Officer Wayne Cooke said the forecast weather was unusual for this time of year and could make road conditions hazardous and isolate people.
“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,” Area Officer Cooke said.
“Drive with caution when travelling on gravel roads as surfaces can become slippery and muddy making travel hazardous and vehicles can easily become bogged.
“Local rivers and streams may also rise rapidly so motorists should be very careful at crossings and flood ways and never enter water of unknown depth or current.”
People traveling in the area should be prepared for the forecast weather and check with Main Roads and Local Government for current road conditions.
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 www.dfes.wa.gov.au  
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955


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