DFES Flood Weather Warning

Published on Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 9:07:54 AM

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Prepare for flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan.
Areas that may be affected include Midwest Gascoyne and the northern fringe of the Perth Metropolitan region including Moore and Hill Rivers
People in Gascoyne River, Wooramel River, Murchison River, Greenough River, Yarra Yarra Lakes District, Moore and Hill Rivers should prepare for possible minor flooding expected late Friday.
There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
• Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
• Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
• Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
• Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
• Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
• Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
• Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.
Roads have not been closed.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting Travel Map or by contacting your Local Government Authority.
As at 31/08/2022 13:35:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a low pressure system is expected to develop around the central west coast within a trough along the coast on Friday. The trough and low is forecast to drift slowly inland during Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall are expected with this system.
Catchments in the flood watch area are wet, with the exception of upper parts of the Gascoyne which are still relatively dry for this time of year.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast over the flood watch area from late Friday into Saturday
Flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly primary and secondary highways are likely to be affected. Some communities may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.
• Significant stream rises with areas of flooding are expected to develop in the Gascoyne Coast and Central West River catchments on Friday
• Current river levels are available from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
• For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.
• DFES is monitoring the situation.
• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 210 or visit bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Updates will be issued if further information becomes available.
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications on 9395 9543.

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