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Continue to prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara

Mon, 25/05/2015 - 12:19pm
Category: Flood Alert Summary: People in the Pilbara Coastal, Onslow Coastal, De Grey and Lower Fortescue river catchments should continue to prepare for possible minor flooding expected today through to Wednesday. Content:

People in the Pilbara Coastal, Onslow Coastal, De Grey and Lower Fortescue river catchments should continue to prepare for possible minor flooding expected today through to Wednesday.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• 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 relocate.
• 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.

IF DRIVING:
• 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.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Marble Bar Road from Marble Bar to Jigalong is closed to all traffic.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
FLOOD DETAILS:
As at 11.07am on Monday 25 May 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that over the 24 hours to 9 am Monday recorded rainfall totals over the Pilbara region have generally ranged from 10 mm to 30 mm with the highest falls recorded at Millstream on the Lower Fortescue River (61 mm).
Over the 4 days leading up to 9 am Monday, recorded rainfall totals for the event have generally ranged from 15 mm to 45 mm with the highest falls recorded at the Waterloo Bore on the Fortescue River (90.2 mm). River rises have been recorded on the Lower Ashburton River, Fortescue River and De Grey River although all measurement sites have remained below minor flooding levels.
The slow moving rain band will continue to bring moderate rainfall over the Pilbara region from Monday continuing through into Wednesday. During this period daily rainfall totals of 50mm are possible, although there is uncertainty if the heaviest rain will fall on the De Grey River catchment or move west towards the Ashburton River catchment.
Catchments where flooding may develop include:
Pilbara Coastal Rivers
Onslow Coastal Rivers
De Grey River Basin
Lower Fortescue River
The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings if required.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
DFES is monitoring the situation.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood
The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
Publication Time: 25/05/2015 12:18 PM
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