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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.