EmergencyWA Alerts & Warnings

Storm - Get Ready for Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 11:15 AM
Date of issue: 15 August 2020

Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West
If you live in South West, South Coastal and parts of Lower West and Great Southern districts you need to get ready now for the severe weather coming tonight.


Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker and Narrogin.


This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce kind of weather that is only seen around 2 times per year.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now:

  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
  • Move vehicles under cover
  • Boat owners should securely moor their boats
  • Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.
If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 15/08/2020 10:16:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front will cross the west coast during Saturday evening and Sunday morning. An associated deep low pressure system will move over parts between Margaret River and Albany Sunday morning.During Saturday evening in western parts of the warning area between Mandurah and Windy Harbour DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are expected to extend throughout the warning area early Sunday morning, and then contract to eastern parts of the warning areas late Sunday morning. Conditions are expected to ease by Sunday afternoon.The worst weather is expected in parts between Bunbury and Albany.Tides are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS and POTENTIAL FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS, especially near the Geographe coast.DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause beach erosion.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been closed.



Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


END

Structure Fire Advice for in Metro South Coastal

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

Please note update under What To Do section


Time of issue: 09:03 AM
Date of issue: 15 August 2020


Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE

  • There is a structure fire on LEACH HIGHWAY near PITT WAY in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE
  • There is no direct threat to lives or homes.
  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.


WHAT TO DO:
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has conducted testing on air quality and smoke fumes.  Area has been deemed safe.  As a precautionary measure, people with respiratory issues in the area bounded by Winthrop Drive, Somerville Boulevarde and North Lake Road should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.
  • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.
  • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

POWER OUTAGES

Western Power has advised parts of Booragoon are without power. 

This includes the area bounded by McCoy Street, Pitt Way and Leach Highway.

For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Pitt Way

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the CITY OF MELVILLE.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are working to contain and control the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The incident was reported at 9.26pm on 14 August 2020.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


END

Structure Fire Advice for in Metro South Coastal

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

Please note update under Extra Information section


Time of issue: 08:42 AM
Date of issue: 15 August 2020


Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE

  • There is a structure fire on LEACH HIGHWAY near PITT WAY in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE
  • There is no direct threat to lives or homes.
  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.


WHAT TO DO:
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are currently conducting testing.  As a precautionary measure, people with respiratory issues in the area bounded by Winthrop Drive, Somerville Boulevarde and North Lake Road should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.
  • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.
  • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

POWER OUTAGES

Western Power has advised parts of Booragoon are without power. 

This includes the area bounded by McCoy Street, Pitt Way and Leach Highway.

For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Pitt Way

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the CITY OF MELVILLE.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are working to contain and control the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The incident was reported at 9.26pm on 14 August 2020.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


END

Structure Fire Advice for in Metro South Coastal

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

Please note update to incident location


Time of issue: 10:20 PM
Date of issue: 14 August 2020


Structure Fire in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE

  • There is a structure fire on LEACH HIGHWAY near PITT WAY in BOORAGOON in the CITY OF MELVILLE
  • There is no direct threat to lives or homes.
  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.


WHAT TO DO:
  • As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.
  • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.
  • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Pitt Way

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the CITY OF MELVILLE.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are working to contain and control the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


END

Structure Fire All Clear for in Pilbara

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

Please note this alert is now an All Clear.


Time of issue: 12:10 AM
Date of issue: 13 August 2020


Structure Fire in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND

  • The structure fire on GREENE PLACE near the intersection of STANLEY STREET in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND has been extinguished.
  • People in the area will no longer be impacted by smoke.
  • There is no direct threat to the community.


WHAT TO DO:
  • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.
  • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been closed.


Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are monitoring the area for the rest of the day/night.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The incident was reported at 12/08/2020 20:25

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.

No further updates will be issued.


END

Structure Fire Advice for in Pilbara

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 09:13 PM
Date of issue: 12 August 2020


Structure Fire in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND

  • There is a structure fire on GREENE PLACE near the intersection of STANLEY STREET in SOUTH HEDLAND in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND
  • An old house containing asbestos is on fire releasing possibly toxic fumes into the air. 
  • People on and surrounding GREENE PLACE may be impacted by smoke and fumes.


WHAT TO DO:
  • As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.
  • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.
  • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency servcies personnel working on site.

  • A number of roads have been closed including:
    • GREENE PLACE

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are working to contain and control the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The incident was reported at 12/08/2020 20:25

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


END

After Storm: Cancellation for Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, Lower South West, South West, Perth Metropolitan

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, Lower South West, South West, Perth Metropolitan Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Please note change to Alert Level


Time of issue: 06:48 PM
Date of issue: 09 August 2020

Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, Lower South West, South West, Perth Metropolitan
The severe weather warning for Gascoyne, Central Wheat Belt, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal and parts of Goldfields, Eucla, Central West and Great Southern districts has been cancelled.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in WA.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
  • If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 09/08/2020 18:26:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised the immediate threat of severe weather has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services have answered more than Eighty calls for help since 7am.
  • Damage has been reported between Geraldton and Dunsbrough
  • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.

No further updates will be issued.


END

After Storm: Cancellation for Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Please note changes throughout the alert and cancellation for parts of the Midwest Gascoyne and Goldfields-Midland


Time of issue: 05:16 PM
Date of issue: 09 August 2020


Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

If you live in Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal and parts of Goldfields, Eucla, Central West and Great Southern districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Norseman and Perth.


This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands
The severe weather warning for Gascoyne and Central Wheat Belt has been cancelled.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Gascoyne and Central Wheat Belt districts and the warning for these districts is cancelled.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
  • If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 09/08/2020 16:48:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a rain band and cold front has moved over western parts of the State, and will continue to move into the southeast during Sunday evening. Ahead of the rain band, very windy conditions are expected with possible damaging wind gusts. Behind the rain band a cold and unstable air mass will result in showers with the possibility of thunderstorms near the west coast which also have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. A northerly swell about the west coast is gradually easing, however a large southwesterly swell that will impact the west coast south of Denham will develop during Monday. In western parts of the warning area, damaging winds with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are possible in showers and thunderstorms and could cause damage to homes and property. Ahead of the rain band through the Goldfields and South East Coastal districts, damaging winds with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are possible. In these areas there is a risk of raised dust, particularly through the Goldfields until later this afternoon or early evening. Damaging surf conditions are possible about the Geographe Bay area due to a northerly swell. The northerly swell is gradually easing and the risk of damaging surf conditions in this area reduces this evening. Damaging surf conditions are expected develop about the west coast south of Denham during Monday as a large southwesterly swell arrives in the wake of the front. These conditions could cause significant beach erosion.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services have answered more than Eighty calls for help since 7am.
  • Damage has been reported between Geraldton and Dunsbrough
  • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


END

After Storm: Cancellation for Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Please note changes throughout the alert and cancellation for parts of the Midwest Gascoyne


Time of issue: 02:27 PM
Date of issue: 09 August 2020


Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

If you live in Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Gascoyne, Goldfields and Eucla districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam and Perth.


This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne
The severe weather warning for parts of Gascoyne and Central West has been cancelled.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in western parts of the Gascoyne and northern parts of the Central West districts and the warning for these areas is cancelled.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
  • If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 09/08/2020 13:44:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a rain band and cold front has moved over western parts of the State, and will move through central parts this afternoon and into the southeast on Sunday evening. Ahead of the rain band, very windy conditions are expected with possible damaging wind gusts. Behind the rain band a cold and unstable air mass will result in showers and possible thunderstorms to the west coast which also have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. In addition, the persistent strong northerly winds over the past 24 to 36 hours have generated a three to four metre northerly swell which may result in beach erosion through the Geographe Bay area. In western parts of the warning area, damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause damage to homes and property. Winds have temporarily eased over western parts as the rain band has moved over, however the risk of damaging winds will increase during this afternoon and this evening as gusty showers and thunderstorms develop about coastal parts. Ahead of the rain band through the Gascoyne, Central Wheat Belt, Goldfields and South East Coastal districts, sustained winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible. In these areas there is a risk of raised dust, particularly through the Gascoyne and Goldfields. Damaging surf conditions are possible about the Geographe Bay area today due to a northerly swell that has developed down the west coast. Damaging surf conditions are expected to extend to the remainder of the west coast south of Denham during Monday as a large southwesterly swell arrives in the wake of the front. These conditions could cause significant beach erosion.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services have answered more than Sixty Four calls for help since 7am.
  • Damage has been reported between Geraldton and Dunsbrough
  • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


END

Storm - Take Action Now for Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Please note changes throughout the alert


Time of issue: 11:38 AM
Date of issue: 09 August 2020


Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

If you live in Gascoyne, Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Goldfields and Eucla districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Denham, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Mount Magnet, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam and Perth.


This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 09/08/2020 11:01:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a rain band and cold front is moving over western parts of the State, and will move through central parts this afternoon and into the southeast on Sunday evening. Ahead of the rain band, very windy conditions are expected with possible damaging wind gusts. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected with the rain band as it moves through western parts of the warning area. On Sunday afternoon and evening behind the rain band, a cold and unstable air mass will likely bring thunderstorms to the west coast which also have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. The persistent strong northerly winds have also generated a three to four metre northerly swell which may result in beach erosion through the Geographe Bay area. In western parts of the warning area, damaging winds with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause damage to homes and property. Winds have temporarily eased over the west coast as the rain band has moved over, however the risk of damaging winds will increase through this afternoon and this evening as gusty showers and thunderstorms develop about coastal parts. Through the Gascoyne, Central Wheat Belt, Goldfields and South East Coastal districts, sustained winds of up to 60 kilometres per hour are expected to develop this morning with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour possible. In these areas there is a risk of raised dust ahead of the rain band. Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding may occur through the Central West and southern coastal parts of the Gascoyne, though these conditions are expected to ease early this afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Denham, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Moora, Mullewa and Northampton. Damaging surf conditions are possible about the Geographe Bay area today, and are expected to extend to the remainder of the west coast south of Denham during Monday. These conditions could cause significant beach erosion.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services have answered more than Forty Two calls for help since 7am.
  • Damage has been reported between Yanchep and Dunsbrough
  • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


END

Storm - Take Action Now for Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 09:00 AM
Date of issue: 09 August 2020


Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Lower South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Perth Metropolitan

If you live in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Denham, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Mount Magnet, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam and Perth you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.


WEATHER DETAILS:
At 09/08/2020 08:07:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a rain band and cold front is moving over western parts of the State this morning, reaching central parts this afternoon and into southeastern parts on Sunday evening. Ahead of the rain band, very windy conditions are expected with possible damaging wind gusts. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected with the rain band as it moves through western parts of the warning area on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon and evening behind the rain band, a cold and unstable air mass will likely bring thunderstorms to the west coast which have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. In western parts of the warning area, damaging winds with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause damage to homes and property. Winds are expected to ease for a period as the rain band moves over, however damaging winds will continue to be a threat as gusty showers and thunderstorms develop about coastal parts during the afternoon. Through the Gascoyne, Central Wheat Belt, Goldfields and South East Coastal districts, sustained winds of up to 60 kilometres per hour are expected to develop this morning with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour possible. In these areas there is a risk of raised dust ahead of the rain band. Heavy Rainfall which may lead to flash flooding may develop through the Central West and southern coastal parts of the Gascoyne as the rain band moves over this morning. Locations which may be affected include Denham, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Moora, Mullewa and Northampton.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


END

Bushfire All Clear for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of Kununurra in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of Kununurra in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions


Time of issue: 05:43 PM
Date of issue: 08 August 2020


Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of Kununurra in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice is in place for people in the vicinity of Mirima National Park and Kununurra in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

  • The bushfire that was burning in has been contained and is under control.
  • Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day/night.
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The road into Mirima National Park has re-opened.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY.

RECREATIONAL CLOSURES:

Mirima National Park has been re-opened 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:15 AM on 8 August 2020.
  • Currently there has been 10 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.

No further updates will be issued.


END

Bushfire Advice for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of KUNUNURRA in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of Kununurra in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 07:19 AM
Date of issue: 08 August 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Mirima National Park in the vicinity of KUNUNURRA in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in the vicinity of Mirima National Park and Kununurra in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • The fire started near the intersection of WEABER PLAIN RD and BARRINGTONIA AV in KUNUNURRA.
  • burning on Mt Cyril along Weaber Plain road.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving slowly.
  • It is a small controllable fire.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

 

The road into Mirima National Park has been closed. 

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY.

RECREATIONAL CLOSURES:

Mirima National Park has been closed. 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:15 AM on 8 August 2020.
  • Currently there has been 2 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


END

Flood - Take Care for Great Southern

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Great Southern districts. Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Please note changes to alert level and flood details


Time of issue: 12:03 PM
Date of issue: 05 August 2020

Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Great Southern districts.
People in South Coastal Rivers district should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Watch has been cancelled for South Coastal Rivers district.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to

  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
  • With water moving quickly people need to take care near rivers and streams, this includes when swimming or kayaking.
IF DRIVING:
  • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
  • 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.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Drivers should exercise caution as roads in the area have been impacted by flooding including: 

  • Denmark Mt Barker Rd, 15km north of South Coast Hwy, Mt Lindesay
  • South Coast Hwy southbound Kojaneerup Rd West Green Range 
  • Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay 

 

Please note a number of Local Governments in the affected areas have closed their gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Please contact the respective Local Government Authority for further details.


    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

    FLOOD DETAILS:


    As at 05/08/2020 10:44:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises areas of flooding and adverse road conditions are easing in the South Coastal Rivers district. However, some river levels near the coast will remain elevated during Wednesday. No significant rainfall is forecast over the next few days.


    In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Wednesday, rainfall totals of 20-30 mm have been observed near coastal areas of the South Coastal Rivers district, with an isolated higher total of 55 mm at Wellstead. Observed rainfall in the affected catchments may result in some further river rises at times resulting in areas of flooding and adverse impact on road conditions. Some roads may be impassable and communities linked by roads may be isolated.


    Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
    For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • Damage includes fallen trees
    • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500.
      • In a life threatening situation call 000.
      • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


      KEEP UP TO DATE:

      Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.



      No further updates will be issued.


      END

    After Storm: Cancellation for Great Southern

    Category: Storm Alert Summary: Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Great Southern Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

    Please note changes throughout the alert. People in the impacted areas should continue to exercise caution as there is a lot of water over roads.


    Time of issue: 05:07 PM
    Date of issue: 04 August 2020

    Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Great Southern
    The severe weather warning for the South Coastal and South East Coastal districts has been cancelled.

    Severe weather is no longer occurring in WA, however damaging surf conditions which could cause beach erosion between Albany and Esperance is still possible Tuesday evening. The immediate threat of severe weather has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises you to:

    • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
    • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
    • Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
    • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
    • Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
    • If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
    • If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


    WEATHER DETAILS:
    At 04/08/2020 16:50:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised severe weather is no longer occurring in WA, however damaging surf conditions which could cause beach erosion between Albany and Esperance is still possible Tuesday evening.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Drivers should exercise caution as roads in the area have been impacted by flooding and debris including:

    • Broomehill-Gnowangerup Road, 15 kilometres east of Great Southern Highway intersection
    • Denmark-Mount Barker Road, 15 kilometres north of the South Coast Highway intersection
    • Mount Shadforth Road between Kearsley and McNabb Road
    • Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay 
    • South Coast Highway, southbound of Kojaneerup Road West

    Please note a number of Local Governments in the affected areas have closed their gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Please contact the respective Local Government Authority for further details.



    Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • Emergency services have answered more than 49 calls for help since since 11am on Monday.
    • Damage has been reported in Albany, Mount Barker and surrounding areas with the majority of calls reporting flooding and roof damage.


    IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

    • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000
    After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

    KEEP UP TO DATE:
    Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.

    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Flood - Prepare for Great Southern

    Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Great Southern districts. Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

    Please note changes to Flood Details section


    Time of issue: 12:08 PM
    Date of issue: 04 August 2020

    Prepare for flooding in parts of the Great Southern districts.
    People in South Coastal Rivers should prepare for possible moderate flooding expected today. People in Hopetoun and Esperance areas may be affected.
    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 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.
    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:

    Drivers should exercise caution as roads in the area have been impacted by flooding including: 

    • Denmark-Mount Barker Road between South Coast Highway and East River Road
    • Denmark-Mount Barker Road, 15 kilometres north of the South Coast Highway intersection
    • Mount Shadforth Road between Kearsley Road and McNabb Road
    • Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay 
     Please note a number of Local Governments in the affected areas have closed their gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Please contact the respective Local Government Authority for further details.


      Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

      FLOOD DETAILS:


      As at 03/08/2020 13:23:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall and localised flooding is expected to continue at times for South Coastal Rivers. Rainfall, occasionally heavy, will continue in South Coastal Rivers on Tuesday and Wednesday, especially in the west in the vicinity of Albany and in the vicinity of Esperance and to its east.


      Falls of 50 to around 100 mm were reported to near coastal areas of the South Coastal Rivers district with falls generally lighter further inland. The highest fall in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday was at Many Peaks with 108 mm. 

      For the Southern Coastal Rivers district a further 20-70 mm along coastal parts and in the west and east over the next 36 hours.

      Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is likely to result in some further river rises at times resulting in areas of flooding and adverse impact on road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and communities linked by roads may become isolated.


      Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
      For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.
      • have received more than forty-four calls for help since 11am yesterday
      • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500.
        • In a life threatening situation call 000.
        • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


        KEEP UP TO DATE:

        Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


        END

      Storm - Take Action Now for Great Southern

      Category: Storm Alert Summary: severe weather in Great Southern Content:

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

      Please note people in the impacted areas should exercise caution as there is a lot of water over roads. There are changes to Weather Details and Road Closures sections


      Time of issue: 12:05 PM
      Date of issue: 04 August 2020


      Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern

      If you live in parts of the South Coastal and South East Coastal districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


      Locations which may be affected include Albany, Esperance, Bremer Bay and Denmark.


      This is an unusual weather event in that heavy rain will be persistent in the same location over the next 12 hours and that the swell direction along the south coast will approach from a different direction than is normal.


      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises you to:

      • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
      • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
      • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
      • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
      • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
      IF DRIVING:
      • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
      • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
      • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
      • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
      People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


      Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.


      WEATHER DETAILS:
      At 04/08/2020 10:51:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a cut off low is located just east of Southern Cross and is expected to drift further east during Tuesday. The low is producing a persistent band of rain and thunderstorms along the south coast. Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is expected to continue Tuesday. Currently heavy rainfall is occurring over areas east of Esperance and through coastal parts west of Bremer Bay. Heavy rainfall may redevelop through the remaining parts for a period during Tuesday afternoon before conditions begin to ease Tuesday evening. Isolated thunderstorms with wind gusts to 80 km/h possible may accompany the heavy rainfall. A Flood Watch has been issued for the South Coastal Rivers, for further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ In the 24 hours up until 9am Tuesday morning rainfall totals in excess of 50 mm have been recorded at various locations along the coast between Denmark and Esperance, with the highest being 108mm at Many Peaks, 103mm at Bremer Bay and 81mm at Albany. Higher than normal tides may cause flooding of low-lying coastal area between Albany and Esperance. Damaging surf conditions are likely which could cause significant beach erosion between Albany and Esperance. The prevailing swell direction will be from the southeast, which is an unusual swell direction along the south coast. This may expose areas of the coastline to large waves that do not usually experience large swells.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Drivers should exercise caution as roads in the area have been impacted by flooding including:

      • Denmark-Mount Barker Road between South Coast Highway and East River Road
      • Denmark-Mount Barker Road, 15 kilometres north of the South Coast Highway intersection
      • Mount Shadforth Road between Kearsley and McNabb Road
      • Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay 

      Please note a number of Local Governments in the affected areas have closed their gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Please contact the respective Local Government Authority for further details.



      Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.
      • Emergency services have answered more than 44 calls for help since since 11am on Monday.
      • Damage has been reported in Albany, Mount Barker and surrounding areas with the majority of calls reporting flooding and roof damage.
      • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


      IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

      • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

      KEEP UP TO DATE:
      Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


      END

      Flood - Prepare for Great Southern

      Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Great Southern districts Content:

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

      Please note changes to Flood Details section


      Time of issue: 11:33 AM
      Date of issue: 04 August 2020

      Prepare for flooding in parts of the Great Southern districts.
      People in South Coastal Rivers should prepare for possible moderate flooding expected today. People in Hopetoun and Esperance areas may be affected.
      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 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.
      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:

      Drivers should exercise caution as roads in the area have been impacted by flooding including: • Denmark-Mount Barker Road between South Coast Highway and East River Road• Denmark-Mount Barker Road, 15 kilometres north of the South Coast Highway intersection• Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay  Please note a number of Local Governments in the affected areas have closed their gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Please contact the respective Local Government Authority for further details.



        Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

        FLOOD DETAILS:


        As at 03/08/2020 13:23:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall and localised flooding is expected to continue at times for South Coastal Rivers. Rainfall, occasionally heavy, will continue in South Coastal Rivers on Tuesday and Wednesday, especially in the west in the vicinity of Albany and in the vicinity of Esperance and to its east.


        Falls of 50 to around 100 mm were reported to near coastal areas of the South Coastal Rivers district with falls generally lighter further inland. The highest fall in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday was at Many Peaks with 108 mm. 

        For the Southern Coastal Rivers district a further 20-70 mm along coastal parts and in the west and east over the next 36 hours.

        Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is likely to result in some further river rises at times resulting in areas of flooding and adverse impact on road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and communities linked by roads may become isolated.


        Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
        For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • DFES is monitoring the situation.
        • have received more than forty-four calls for help since 11am yesterday
        • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500.
          • In a life threatening situation call 000.
          • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


          KEEP UP TO DATE:

          Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


          END

        Flood - Prepare for Lower South West, Great Southern

        Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Lower South West, Great Southern districts Content:

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

        This is a new alert


        Time of issue: 09:33 AM
        Date of issue: 04 August 2020

        Prepare for flooding in parts of the Lower South West, Great Southern districts.
        People in South West District Rivers and South Coastal Rivers should prepare for possible moderate flooding expected tomorrow. People in Hopetoun and Esperance areas may be affected.
        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 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.
        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:
        Some roads may be closed due to rising flood waters.

        Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

        FLOOD DETAILS:


        As at 03/08/2020 13:23:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall and localised flooding is expected from Monday evening in the South Coastal Rivers. Rainfall will start in South West District Rivers Monday evening before moving into the central and eastern parts of the South Coastal Rivers on Tuesday.Although the catchments are dry, localised flooding is possible.


        48 hour rainfall totals may reach between 70 - 90 mm in the central and eastern parts of the South Coastal Rivers between Hopetoun and Esperance. Heaviest falls expected closer to the coast.

        Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, areas of flooding and adversely impact road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and communities linked by roads may become isolated.


        Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
        For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • DFES is monitoring the situation.
        • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500.
          • In a life threatening situation call 000.
          • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


          KEEP UP TO DATE:

          Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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.


          END

        Storm - Take Action Now for Great Southern

        Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern Content:

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

        Please note people in the impacted areas should exercise caution as there is a lot of water over roads. There are changes to Weather Details and Road Closures sections


        Time of issue: 05:55 AM
        Date of issue: 04 August 2020


        Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern

        If you live in parts of South Coastal and South East Coastal districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.


        Locations which may be affected include Albany, Esperance, Bremer Bay, Denmark and Salmon Gums.


        This is an unusual weather event in that heavy rain will be persistent in the same location over the next 12 hours and that the swell direction along the south coast will approach from a different direction than is normal.


        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises you to:

        • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
        • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
        • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
        • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
        • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
        IF DRIVING:
        • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
        • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
        • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
        • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
        People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.


        Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.


        WEATHER DETAILS:
        At 04/08/2020 04:42:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a cut off low is located just northeast of Perth and is expected to drift further inland Tuesday morning. The low is producing a persistent band of rain and thunderstorms along the south coast. HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected to continue Tuesday.Currently heavy rainfall is occurring in throughout the warning area, especially in coastal parts near and west of Hopetoun. Conditions are expected to ease during Tuesday evening.Isolated thunderstorms with wind gusts to 80 km/h possible may accompany the heavy rainfall.A Flood Watch has been issued for the South Coastal Rivers.Since 5am Monday morning, rainfall totals in excess of 50 mm have been recorded at various locations along the coast between Denmark and Esperance, with the highest being 122 mm at Bremer Bay and 100 mm at Many Peaks.HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREA between Albany and Esperance. DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION between Albany and Esperance. The prevailing swell direction will be from the southeast, this is an unusual swell direction along the south coast. This may expose areas of the coastline to large waves that do not usually experience large swells.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        Drivers should exercise caution as the following roads have been impacted by flooding:

        • Mount Barker Road between South Coast Highway and East River Road
        • Borden-Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay 
        • South Coast Hwy eastbound at Farmers Road East Munglinup
        • Albany Highway southbound lane at Albany Airport
        • Albany Highway at Millbrook Road in Redmond
        • Albany Highway between Carbine Street and Flemington Street (trees over road


        Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • DFES is monitoring the situation.
        • Emergency services have answered more than 21 calls for help since since 9am on Monday.
        • Damage has been reported in Albany and surrounding areas with the majority of calls reporting flooding and roof damage.
        • The number of calls for help are likely to increase as people wake up.
        • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.


        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

        • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000
        After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

        KEEP UP TO DATE:
        Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, 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 provided when the situation changes.


        END

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