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 throughout the alert
Time of issue: 11:00 PM
Date of issue: 03 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 24 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.
- 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.
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.
At 03/08/2020 22:29:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a cut off low is located just north 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.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 107 mm at Bremer Bay.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
- Bremer Bay Road near Bremer Bay
- Albany Highway southbound lane at Albany Airport
- South Coast Hwy eastbound at Farmers Rd East Munglinup
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
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.