In the wake of widespread flooding across
Western Australia, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is
urging the community to remain cautious of dangerous conditions.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner
Wayne Gregson said floodways and river levels may still rise rapidly and move
quickly so it is vitally important that members of the community take care.
“People need to obey road closure signs, take
care on gravel and unsealed roads, and not drive into water of unknown depth
and current,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Driving through flood water is very dangerous
as just a small amount can wash you and your vehicle away - it is simply not
worth the risk.
“With rivers moving quickly people should
also avoid walking, swimming or playing in floodwater.”
Moderate flooding is expected to continue
throughout the Kimberley region and in parts of the Avon River catchment in the
coming days, and the Blackwood River catchment in the southern part of the
State is also continuing to rise.
Over the past week, DFES has worked
tirelessly to manage the impact of the floods, deemed a natural disaster across
most of the State.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and
DFES have responded to more than 450 requests for assistance from members of
the community for flood and storm related damage.
A number of rescues have also been
undertaken, including 15 people who were caught in floods outside of
Ravensthorpe after the Phillips River Bridge was washed away.
Deliveries of groceries and supplies have
been organised for remote Aboriginal communities including Tjuntjuntjara in the
Goldfields Midlands, Ngallagunda and Balgo in the Kimberley, and Kiwirrkurra
and Purnngurr in the Pilbara.
DFES has been working closely with local
governments and other agencies, including the Shire of Boyup Brook in order to
minimise the impact on those attending an upcoming music festival.
Commissioner Gregson said he strongly
encourages the WA community to stay up to date with flood conditions by
visiting the Emergency
“In the past week, we’ve had a record number
of people seeking emergency information, with more than one million views to
the new website,” he said.
“Though for some the sun may be shining
again, it’s important to keep yourself informed of the situation in your area.”
Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955.