Please note changes to Flood Details.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 04:57 PM
Date of issue: 25 March 2019
Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.
People in the De Grey River catchment need to take action now as Major flooding is expected today and over the coming days.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
- Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
- Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
- Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
- Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
- Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
- Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
- Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
- If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
- 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.
- If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.
Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered. Reopening of roads will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments.
For information relating to road closures or roads open to four wheel drives and trucks, call Main Roads WA on 138 138, visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or contact your local shire.
Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
As at 25/03/2019 16:03:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall from Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is now causing significant water level rises and areas of Major flooding in streams and waterways in the De Grey River catchment. Further stream rises are expected to continue during Monday.
Recorded 48 hour rainfall totals to 9am Monday over the De Grey River catchment have ranged from 400 millimetres in western portions of the catchment to 20 millimetres in south eastern parts. The highest totals reported include 400.6 millimetres at Upper North Pole and 162.4 millimetres at Marble Bar.
Rainfall totals expected through to Tuesday will range from 100 millimetres in western parts to 30 millimetres in central parts of the catchment with some isolated higher totals up to 200 millimetres possible. The highest rainfall totals are most likely in the western and coastal parts of the catchment.
Minor flooding is occurring in the lower reaches of the Nullagine River. The Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool peaked at 2.14 metres around 9pm Sunday. River levels are still above the minor flood level (1.5 metres).
Major flooding is now occurring along the Coongan River. The Coongan River at Marble Bar Road has exceeded the major flood level (3.8 metres) and has peaked.
The Coongan River at Marble Bar is above the major flood level (3.5 metres) and has peaked.
Major flooding is now occurring along the Shaw River. The Shaw River at Marble Bar Road has exceeded the major flood level (3.0 metres) and is still rising.
The Shaw River at North Pole Mine is above the major flood level (5.0 metres) and is still rising.
De Grey River:
Moderate flooding may occur along the De Grey River.
The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool is currently at 1.66 metres and rising. The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool may exceed the moderate flood level (6.00 metres) overnight Monday into Tuesday.
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.
- DFES is working closely with volunteers, local government and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Veronica and associated flooding. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning..
- 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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.