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Cyclone All Clear for Whim Creek and Port Hedland and Barrow Island, Mardie, Pannawonica and surrounding areas and parts of the Inland Pilbara

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone Red Alert,Cyclone All Clear issued by DFES Content:

Please note changes to the warning areas and Cyclone Details sections. A Red Alert and All Clear With Caution are still in place. There are no longer Yellow Alert or Blue Alert areas


This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
It is essential that the words are not changed.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 04:00 PM
Date of issue: 25 March 2019


Cyclone RED ALERT for Mardie and Whim Creek including Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A RED ALERT is current for people communities between Mardie and Whim Creek including Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
  • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
  • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

STORM SURGE

  • People along the Pilbara coast were warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide however this is no longer forecast to occur.
  • Tides are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding in low lying areas.


Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Whim Creek and Port Hedland and Barrow Island, Mardie, Pannawonica and surrounding areas and parts of the Inland Pilbara in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or near communities between Whim Creek and Port Hedland and Barrow Island, Mardie, Pannawonica and surrounding areas and parts of the Inland Pilbara following the following Cyclone Veronica.
The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:
 

  • It may now be safe to return home.
  • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
  • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
  • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
  • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
 If returning to a damaged property:
  • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
  • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
  • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
  • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
  • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
  • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
  • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.
 IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 
  • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
 After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 25 March 2019 02:53 PM:

The cyclone has weakened into a category one system as it slowly moves west just off the central Pilbara coast north of Roebourne. Veronica is forecast to weaken further this afternoon and will continue to move towards to the west just off the central Pilbara coast. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity by late Monday evening.

Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the central Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are occurring between Karratha and Whim Creek and forecast to extend west to Cape Preston later this afternoon and possibly further west to Mardie and adjacent inland areas. Gales should ease slowly from the east during the evening.

Gales are no longer expected as far inland as Pannawonica and the risk of gales occurring at Barrow Island before the system weakens into a tropical cyclone has eased.

Tides are not expected to exceed the high tide mark early Tuesday morning.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:


The following roads are closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Nullagine
  • Great Northern Highway both directions Auski Roadhouse Port Hedland 
  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions
  • North West Coastal Hwy both directions from Fortescue Roadhouse to Great Northern Highway Intersection
  • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
  • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
  • Dampier Road – Karratha
  • Madigan Road – Karratha

The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks only:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

The following roads are open to four wheel drives only:

  • Great Northern Highway both directions between Buttweld Road to Sandfire Roadhouse 

The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

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.

Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

SAFER PLACE:

The Department for Communities has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha.

The temporary evacuation centre in South Hedland at the JD Hardie Centre is now closed.

Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

HEALTH:

  • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
  • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
  • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

 

POWER:

HORIZON POWER

Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

  • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup
  • 163 customers in Point Samson
  • 2 customers in Roebourne 
  • 42 customers in South Headland 

People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

  • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
  • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
  • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
  • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
  • Further information is available by right clicking here

WATER:

WATER CORPORATION

  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
  • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
  • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
  • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
  • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
  • Further information is available by right clicking here

SCHOOLS:

The Department of Education has advised that schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

  • Port Hedland
  • South Hedland
  • Karratha
  • Yandeyarra
  • Marble Bar
  • Roebourne
  • Wickham
  • Dampier
  • Pannawonica

For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

WARNING ZONE: Whim Creek to Mardie, including Karratha, and adjacent inland areas.

CANCELLED ZONE: Coastal areas between Whim Creek and west of Port Hedland, Barrow Island and parts of inland areas including Pannawonica.

 


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • An Incident Management Team consisting of 40 personnel from the State Emergency Services (SES), Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (VFES), Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS), Career Fire and Rescue (CFRS), St John, WA Police and DFES staff from across the State are continuing to operate 24/7 operations centres with a presence in Port Hedland, Karratha and Broome.
    • SES volunteers have received more than 35 calls for help from Port Hedland and Karratha.
    • 11 Local SES and 17 local VFRS volunteers in Hedland are responding to requests for assistance including clearing debris across both Port and South Hedland.  The VFRS are also managing a number of Direct Brigade Alarms.
    • Pilbara Emergency Service volunteers are on standby to assist residents in Karratha and surrounding areas when the red alert is lifted.
    • An Urban Search and Rescue Team are undertaking rapid damage assessments in the Port Hedland area and are on standby to assist with chainsaw operations
    • Logistics are also being arranged for community members who attended the South Hedland Evacuation Centre including transportation back to their homes
    DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

    Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

    DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region to assist.

    An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

    PARK CLOSURES

    The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

    • Karijini National Park 
    • Millstream Chichester National Park 

    For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    • For SES assistance call 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000
    • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
    • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

    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

    END

Smoke Alert Advice for A Smoke Alert has been issued for parts of South Fremantle in the City of Fremantle in Perth Metropolitan

Category: Other Alert Summary: A Smoke Alert has been issued for parts of South Fremantle in the City of Fremantle Content:

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

Please note updates under What Emergency Services are Doing. The fire is contained but not controlled.

Time of issue: 01:54 PM
Date of issue: 25 March 2019

A Smoke Alert has been issued for parts of South Fremantle in the City of Fremantle

A Smoke Alert has been issued for people in or near the Fremantle Sailing Club and surrounding areas in South Fremantle in the City of Fremantle. A boat is on fire in the Fishing Boat Harbour. The fire is contained but not controlled. 

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.
  • Be extremely careful if 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.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are on the scene.
  • Water Police and the Department of Transport are also in attendance. 

ROAD CLOSURES:
Some roads may be 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, follow DFES on Twitter (www.twitter.com/dfes_wa), Facebook (www.facebook.com/dfeswa), call 13 DFES (13 3337), listen to ABC Local Radio or news bulletins.
The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.

END

Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:

Please note changes to Flood Details.


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


Time of issue: 01:22 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.
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.
  • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

ROAD CLOSURES:

The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
  • Madigan Road - Karratha
  • Dampier Road - Karratha
  • Point Samson - Roebourne Road
  • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5 kilomtres north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
  • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
  • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
  • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
  • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

 

The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

 

The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

 

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.

Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.
Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.



    Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local shire.

    FLOOD DETAILS:
    As at 25/03/2019 13:02:00 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.

    Nullagine River:

    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).

    Coongan River:

    Major flooding is occurring on the Coongan River at Marble Bar town and at Marble Bar Road crossing.

    Shaw River:

    Major flooding is now occurring in the Shaw River. The Shaw River at Marble Bar Road has exceeded the major flood level (3 metres) and is still rising. The Shaw River at North Pole Mine is just above the major flood level (5 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 1.39 metres and steady. The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool may exceed the moderate flood level (6 m) 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..


    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 or listen to news bulletins.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

    END

    Cyclone All Clear for De Grey to Port Hedland

    Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for Port Hedland to Mardie, excluding Port Hedland and South Hedland, but including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier in the Pilbara Content:

    Please note changes throughout alert. The All Clear includes the communities of Port Hedland, South Hedland and Wedgefield.


    This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
    It is essential that the words are not changed.

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
    Time of issue: 12:24 PM
    Date of issue: 25 March 2019


    Cyclone RED ALERT for Port Hedland to Mardie, excluding Port Hedland and South Hedland, but including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A RED ALERT is current for people communities between Port Hedland and Mardie, excluding Port Hedland, South Hedland and Wedgefield, but including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
    There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
    • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
    • Keep your emergency kit with you.
    • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
    • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

    STORM SURGE

    • People along the Pilbara coast were warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide however this is no longer forecast to occur.
    • Tides are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding in low lying areas.


    Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas.
    There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
    You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
    • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
    • Move vehicles under cover.
    • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
    • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
    • Communities are no longer at risk of storm surge but are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.

    PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
    • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
    • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
    • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
    • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


    Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
    Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
    • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
    • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
    • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

    PETS

    • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
    • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


    Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for De Grey to Port Hedland in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between De Grey and Port Hedland including Port Hedland, South Hedland and Wedgefield following the forecast cyclone.
    The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:
     

    • It may now be safe to return home.
    • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
    • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
    • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
    • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
    • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
    • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
    • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
     If returning to a damaged property:
    • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
    • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
    • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
    • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
    • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
    • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
    • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.
     IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 
    • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000
     After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


    CYCLONE DETAILS:
    As at 25 March 2019 11:46 AM:

    The cyclone has started to increase in speed as it moves west just off the central Pilbara coast. The system is continuing to weaken but remains a Category 2 system. Veronica is forecast to weaken further this afternoon and will continue to move towards the west just off the cental Pilbara coast. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity by Monday evening.

    Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

    Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast in exposed coastal areas between Roebourne and Whim Creek for the next few hours. Threre is a slight risk of Destructive winds at Wickham and Point Samson in the next few hours but they are not expected in Karratha, Dampier and Roebourne.

    Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are occuring between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland and are forecast to extend west to Karratha early this afternoon and possibly further west to Mardie and adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica later today. Gales may extend to Barrow Island tonight if the system remains at cyclone intensity longer than expected or if gales persist on the southern quadrants as it weakens to a tropical low early Tuesday morning. 

    Tides along the Pilbara coast east of Roebourne will rise above the normal high tide mark early this afternoon with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:


    The following roads are closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

    • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Nullagine
    • Great Northern Highway both directions Auski Roadhouse Port Hedland 
    • Ripon Hills Road in both directions
    • North West Coastal Hwy both directions from Fortescue Roadhouse to Great Northern Highway Intersection
    • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
    • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
    • Dampier Road – Karratha
    • Madigan Road – Karratha

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

    The following roads are open to four wheel drives only:

    • Great Northern Highway both directions between Buttweld Road to Sandfire Roadhouse 

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

    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.

    Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

    Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    SAFER PLACE:

    The Department for Communities has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha.

    The temporary evacuation centre in South Hedland at the JD Hardie Centre is now closed.

    Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

    HEALTH:

    • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
    • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
    • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

    For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

     

    POWER:

    HORIZON POWER

    Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

    As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

    • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup
    • 163 customers in Point Samson
    • 2 customers in Roebourne 
    • 42 customers in South Headland 

    People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

    • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
    • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
    • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
    • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
    • Further information is available by right clicking here

    WATER:

    WATER CORPORATION

    • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
    • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
    • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
    • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
    • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
    • Further information is available by right clicking here

    SCHOOLS:

    The Department of Education has advised that schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

    • Port Hedland
    • South Hedland
    • Karratha
    • Yandeyarra
    • Marble Bar
    • Roebourne
    • Wickham
    • Dampier
    • Pannawonica

    For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

    FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

    CYCLONE WARNING is current for Port Hedland to Mardie, including Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica. NOT including Port Hedland and South Hedland.

    CANCELLED ZONE:  The town of Port Hedland and South Hedland.

     


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • An Incident Management Team consisting of 40 personnel from the State Emergency Services (SES), Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (VFES), Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS), Career Fire and Rescue (CFRS), St John, WA Police and DFES staff from across the State are continuing to operate 24/7 operations centres with a presence in Port Hedland, Karratha and Broome.
      • SES volunteers have received more than 35 calls for help from Port Hedland and Karratha.
      • 11 Local SES and 17 local VFRS volunteers in Hedland are responding to requests for assistance including clearing debris across both Port and South Hedland.  The VFRS are also managing a number of Direct Brigade Alarms.
      • Pilbara Emergency Service volunteers are on standby to assist residents in Karratha and surrounding areas when the red alert is lifted.
      • An Urban Search and Rescue Team are undertaking rapid damage assessments in the Port Hedland area and are on standby to assist with chainsaw operations
      • Logistics are also being arranged for community members who attended the South Hedland Evacuation Centre including transportation back to their homes
      DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

      Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

      DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region to assist.

      An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
      Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

      If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

      PARK CLOSURES

      The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

      • Karijini National Park 
      • Millstream Chichester National Park 

      For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      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

      END

    Flood - Prepare for Pilbara

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


    Please note changes to flood details and road closures


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


    Time of issue: 12:17 PM
    Date of issue: 25 March 2019

    Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.


    People in Fortescue River should prepare for possible Minor flooding expected today and tomorrow.

    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:

    The following roads are closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

    • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Nullagine
    • Great Northern Highway both directions Auski Roadhouse Port Hedland 
    • Ripon Hills Road in both directions
    • North West Coastal Hwy both directions from Fortescue Roadhouse to Great Northern Highway Intersection
    • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
    • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
    • Dampier Road – Karratha
    • Madigan Road – Karratha

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

     

    The following roads are open to four wheel drives only:

    • Great Northern Highway both directions between Buttweld Road to Sandfire Roadhouse 

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

     

    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.



    Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138, visiting the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local shire.

    FLOOD DETAILS:
    As at 25/03/2019 10:54:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is now causing significant flooding in some catchments within the Pilbara Coast Rivers catchments. Heavy rainfall is expected for the remainder of Monday into Tuesday in areas bounded by Cape Preston to Wittenoom to Marble Bar to Pardoo. Rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday of 100 millimetres to 200 millimetres possible close to the coastal areas and 30 millimetres to 100 millimetres further inland. Rainfall to date with forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Specific Flood Warnings are current for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers and the De Grey catchments.


    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 governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES have 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 Services (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.


    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 or listen to news bulletins.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

    END

    Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

    Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:

    Please note changes to Flood Details and Road Closures


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


    Time of issue: 12:14 PM
    Date of issue: 25 March 2019

    Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

    People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers 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.
    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.
    • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

    ROAD CLOSURES:

    The following roads are closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

    • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Nullagine
    • Great Northern Highway both directions Auski Roadhouse Port Hedland 
    • Ripon Hills Road in both directions
    • North West Coastal Hwy both directions from Fortescue Roadhouse to Great Northern Highway Intersection
    • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
    • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
    • Dampier Road – Karratha
    • Madigan Road – Karratha

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

     

    The following roads are open to four wheel drives only:

    • Great Northern Highway both directions between Buttweld Road to Sandfire Roadhouse 

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

     

    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.

     



    Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138, visiting the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local shire.

    FLOOD DETAILS:
    As at 25/03/2019 11:08:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding is now occurring in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments.


    Heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is causing significant stream level rises and widespread flooding is expected to develop throughout the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchment today and into early this week. Recorded 48 hour rainfall totals to 11am Monday over the Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment have ranged from 20 mm in the Southern parts to 360 millimetres around areas closest to the cyclone. The highest rainfall totals reported include 360 millimetres at Carraba, 220 millimetres at Port Hedland, 235 millimetres at Coonanarrina Pool and 145 millimetres at Roebourne. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today, resulting in significant river rises, areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

    Pilbara Coastal Rivers:
    The Yule River at Jelliabidina has exceeded the minor flood level (2.5 metres) and is still rising.

    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.


    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 or listen to news bulletins.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

    END

    Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

    Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts. Content:

    Please note changes to Flood Details. Major Flooding is now occurring in the De Grey River catchment.


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


    Time of issue: 10:55 AM
    Date of issue: 25 March 2019

    Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

    People in De Grey River catchment need to take action now as Major flooding is expected from 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.
    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.
    • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

    ROAD CLOSURES:

    The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

    • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
    • Madigan Road - Karratha
    • Dampier Road - Karratha
    • Point Samson - Roebourne Road
    • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5 kilomtres north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
    • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
    • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
    • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
    • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
    • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

     

    The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

     

    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.

    Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.
    Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.



      Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local shire.

      FLOOD DETAILS:
      As at 25/03/2019 09:50:00 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 for the remainder 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 250 millimetres possible. The highest rainfall totals are most likely in the western and coastal parts of the catchment.

      Nullagine River:
      Minor flooding is occurring in the lower reaches of the Nullagine River. The Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool peaked at 2.54 metres around 9pm Sunday. River levels are still above the minor flood level (1.5 metres).

      Coongan River:
      Major flooding (Major Flood Level 3.5 metres) is expected in the Coongan River at Marble Bar.

      Shaw River:
      Major flooding is now occurring in the Shaw River. The Shaw River at Marble Bar Road has exceeded the major flood level (3 metres) and is still rising. The Shaw River at North Pole Mine is just below the major flood level (5 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 1.17 metres and rising. The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool may exceed the moderate flood level (6 m) 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..


      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

      END

      Cyclone All Clear for De Grey to Port Hedland

      Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for Port Hedland to Mardie including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier but not including Port Hedland and South Hedland in the Pilbara Content:

      Please note changes throughout alert. Please note the All Clear now includes the communities of Port Hedland and South Hedland.


      This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
      It is essential that the words are not changed.

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
      Time of issue: 09:48 AM
      Date of issue: 25 March 2019


      Cyclone RED ALERT for Port Hedland to Mardie including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier but not including Port Hedland and South Hedland in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Port Hedland and Mardie, including Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but not including Port Hedland, South Hedland due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
      There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
      • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
      • Keep your emergency kit with you.
      • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
      • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

      STORM SURGE

      • People along the Pilbara coast, east of Karratha, are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide at high tide, which will occur at 1:30pm today.
      • Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation.
      • People in the remaining warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.


      Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas.
      There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
      You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
      • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
      • Move vehicles under cover.
      • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
      • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
      • Communities east of Karratha are at low risk of storm surge and asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
      PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
      • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
      • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
      • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
      • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


      Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
      Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
      • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
      • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
      • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

      PETS

      • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
      • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


      Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for De Grey to Port Hedland in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between De Grey and Port Hedland including Port Hedland and South Hedland following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
      The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:
      The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding. WHAT TO DO: DFES advises: 

      • It may now be safe to return home.
      • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
      • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
      • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
      • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
      • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
      • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
      • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
       If returning to a damaged property:
      • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
      • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
      • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
      • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
      • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
      • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
      • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.
       IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 
      • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
       After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


      CYCLONE DETAILS:
      As at 25 March 2019 09:00 AM:

      The cyclone remains slow moving northeast of Roebourne and well west of Port Hedland and is continuing to weaken but remains a Category 2 system. Veronica is forecast to weaken further this morning and start to move towards the west. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity by Monday evening.


      Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland for the next few hours. Threre is a slight risk of Destructive winds at Wickham and Point Samson this morning but they are no longer expected in Karratha, Dampier and Roebourne.

      Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are occuring between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland and are forecast to extend west to Karratha today and possibly further west to Mardie and adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica later today. Gales may extend to Barrow Island tonight if the system remains at cyclone intensity longer than expected. 

      Gales have eased at Port Hedland and are likely to contract further from the east during the day.

      Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

      Tides along the Pilbara coast east of Roebourne will rise above the normal high tide mark early this afternoon with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

       

      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

      • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
      • Madigan Road - Karratha
      • Dampier Road - Karratha
      • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
      • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
      • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
      • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
      • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

      The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

      The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Rd both directions Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

      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.

      Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      SAFER PLACE:

      The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres:

      • South Hedland 
        • ​​​JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Drive, South Hedland 
      • Karratha
        • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

      Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

      HEALTH:

      • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
      • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
      • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

      For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

       

      POWER:

      HORIZON POWER

      Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

      As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

      • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup
      • 163 customers in Point Samson
      • 2 customers in Roebourne 
      • 42 customers in South Headland 

      People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

      • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
      • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
      • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
      • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
      • Further information is available by right clicking here

      WATER:

      WATER CORPORATION

      • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
      • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
      • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
      • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
      • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
      • Further information is available by right clicking here

      SCHOOLS:

      The Department of Education has advised that schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

      • Port Hedland
      • South Hedland
      • Karratha
      • Yandeyarra
      • Marble Bar
      • Roebourne
      • Wickham
      • Dampier
      • Pannawonica

      For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

      FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

      CYCLONE WARNING is current for Port Hedland to Mardie, including Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica. NOT including Port Hedland and South Hedland.

      CANCELLED ZONE:  The town of Port Hedland and South Hedland.

       


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers have received more than 34 calls for help from Port Hedland to Karratha.
      • 30 State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers are are on standby to assess damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
      • They are being supported by career and volunteer Fire and Rescue service and Bush Fire Service.

      DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

      Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

      DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region to assist.

      An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
      Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

      If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

      PARK CLOSURES

      The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

      • Karijini National Park 
      • Millstream Chichester National Park 

      For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      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

      END

      Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

      Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts. Content:

      Updated flood details for Pilbara Coastal Rivers will be available after 11am today. A separate flood warning has been issued for the De Grey River.


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


      Time of issue: 09:13 AM
      Date of issue: 25 March 2019

      Take action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

      People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers need to take action now as Moderate flooding is expected 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.
      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.
      • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

      ROAD CLOSURES:

      The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

      • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
      • Madigan Road - Karratha
      • Dampier Road - Karratha
      • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5 kilometres north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
      • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
      • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
      • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
      • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

       

      The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

       

      The following roads are open to high clearance four wheel drives only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road

      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.

      Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.
      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.



      Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local shire.

      FLOOD DETAILS:
      As at 24/03/2019 15:15:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding is expected in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchment today and into the early parts of this week.


      Heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is causing significant stream level rises and widespread flooding throughout the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchment today and into early parts of this week.

      Recorded 36 hour rainfall totals to 3pm Sunday over the Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment have ranged from 20 millimetres in western parts to 210 millimetres around areas closest to the cyclone. The highest rainfall totals reported include 210 millimetres at Carraba, 208 millimetres at Port Hedland, 170 millimetres at Coonanarrina Pool and 133 millimetres at Roebourne.

      Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today, resulting in significant river rises, areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolate.

      Pilbara Coastal Rivers

      With the current forecast track for Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica and forecast rainfall totals the heaviest falls are likely to be along the central and coastal areas of the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments.

      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.


      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

      END

      Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

      Category: Flood Alert Summary: Flood - Take Action Now issued by DFESTake action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:

      Please note changes throughout


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


      Time of issue: 07:45 AM
      Date of issue: 25 March 2019

      Take action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

      People in De Grey River catchment need to take action now as Moderate flooding is expected from 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.
      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.
      • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

      ROAD CLOSURES:

      The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

      • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
      • Madigan Road - Karratha
      • Dampier Road - Karratha
      • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
      • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
      • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
      • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
      • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
      • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

       

      The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

       

      The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

      • Nanutarra Munjina Rd both directions Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

      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.

      Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.
      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.



        Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

        Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local shire.

        FLOOD DETAILS:
        As at 25/03/2019 06:49:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall from Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is now causing significant water level rises and areas of Moderate flooding in streams and waterways in the De Grey River catchment. With further forecast rainfall stream rises are expected to continue during Monday.


        Recorded 48 hour rainfall totals to 6am Monday over the De Grey River catchment have ranged from 340 mm in western portions of the catchment to 20 mm in south eastern parts. The highest totals reported include 342.6 mm at Upper North Pole and 127 mm at Marble Bar.

        Rainfall totals expected for the remainder through to Tuesday will range from 100 mm in western parts to 30 mm in central parts of the catchment with some isolated higher totals up to 250mm possible. The highest rainfall totals are most likely in the western and coastal parts of the catchment. 

        Nullagine River
        Minor flooding is occurring in the lower reaches of the Nullagine River.  The Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool peaked at 2.54 metres around 9pm Sunday. River levels are still above the minor flood level (1.5 metres) and falling slowly.

        Coongan River
        Moderate flooding  (Moderate Flood Level 2.5 metres) is now occurring in the Coongan River at Marble Bar. Further rises and increased areas of flooding expected during Monday.

        Shaw River
        Moderate flooding is now occurring in the Shaw River. The Shaw River at North Pole Mine is now above the Moderate Flood Level ( 3.0 metres) and further rises are expected during Monday.

        De Grey River

        Moderate flooding may occur along the De Grey River.

        The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool is currently at 0.99 metres and rising. The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool may exceed the moderate flood level (6.00 m) late Monday into early Tuesday morning.

        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..


        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 or listen to news bulletins.
        Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

        END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes throughout, including storm surge information and cancelled zone. The cancelled zone is still under Red Alert pending damage assessment. Please also note changes to Yellow Alert what to do messaging, areas east of Karratha are still at risk of storm surge.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 07:00 AM
        Date of issue: 25 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • People along the Pilbara coast, east of Karratha, are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide at high tide, which will occur at 1:30pm today.
        • Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation.
        • People in the remaining warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.


        Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Barrow Island, Pannawonica and Mardie in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas.
        There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
        You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
        • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
        • Move vehicles under cover.
        • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
        • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
        • Communities east of Karratha are at low risk of storm surge and asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
        PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
        • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
        • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding.

        WHAT TO DO: 

        DFES advises: 

        • It may now be safe to return home.
        • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
        • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
        • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
        • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
        • If returning to a damaged property:
        • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.

        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 

        • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000

        After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 25 March 2019 05:30 AM:

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica will track westwards during today, close to the Pilbara coast. It is currently producing destructive winds and heavy rainfall west of Port Hedland.

        The cyclone's core is lingering near the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Veronica is continuing to weaken but remains a Category 2 system. Veronica is forecast to weaken further during Monday morning and start to move towards the west. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity during Monday evening. 

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Destructive winds are possible in Karratha from late morning and during the afternoon.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected in remaining parts between Port Hedland and Mardie, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica from early Monday morning. Gales may extend to Barrow Island from Monday afternoon. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period during Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east and ease at Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Rd both directions Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres:

        • South Hedland 
          • ​​​JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Drive, South Hedland 
        • Karratha
          • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

        As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup
        • 163 customers in Point Samson
        • 2 customers in Roebourne 
        • 42 customers in South Headland 

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised that schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

        • Port Hedland
        • South Hedland
        • Karratha
        • Yandeyarra
        • Marble Bar
        • Roebourne
        • Wickham
        • Dampier
        • Pannawonica

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Port Hedland to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.

        CANCELLED ZONE Port Hedland to De Grey. Whilst this area has been cancelled, the Red Alert will remain in place until DFES has coordinated an assessment and deem this area safe. The assessment will occur this morning.

         


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers have received more than 34 calls for help from Port Hedland to Karratha.
        • 30 State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers are are on standby to assess damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        • They are being supported by career and volunteer Fire and Rescue service and Bush Fire Service.

        DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

        Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

        DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region to assist.

        An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
        Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

        If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

        PARK CLOSURES

        The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

        • Karijini National Park 
        • Millstream Chichester National Park 

        For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

        IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000
        • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
        • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

        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

        END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes throughout, including storm surge information and cancelled zone. The cancelled zone is still under Red Alert pending damage assessment.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 06:34 AM
        Date of issue: 25 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • People along the Pilbara coast, east of Karratha, are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide at high tide, which will occur at 1:30pm today.
        • Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation.
        • People in the remaining warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.


        Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Barrow Island, Pannawonica and Mardie in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas.
        There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
        You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
        • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
        • Move vehicles under cover.
        • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
        • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
        PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
        • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
        • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding.

        WHAT TO DO: 

        DFES advises: 

        • It may now be safe to return home.
        • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
        • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
        • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
        • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
        • If returning to a damaged property:
        • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.

        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 

        • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000

        After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 25 March 2019 05:30 AM:

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica will track westwards during today, close to the Pilbara coast. It is currently producing destructive winds and heavy rainfall west of Port Hedland.

        The cyclone's core is lingering near the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Veronica is continuing to weaken but remains a Category 2 system. Veronica is forecast to weaken further during Monday morning and start to move towards the west. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity during Monday evening. 

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Destructive winds are possible in Karratha from late morning and during the afternoon.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected in remaining parts between Port Hedland and Mardie, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica from early Monday morning. Gales may extend to Barrow Island from Monday afternoon. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period during Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east and ease at Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Rd both directions Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres:

        • South Hedland 
          • ​​​JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Drive, South Hedland 
        • Karratha
          • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

        As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup
        • 163 customers in Point Samson
        • 2 customers in Roebourne 
        • 42 customers in South Headland 

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised that schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

        • Port Hedland
        • South Hedland
        • Karratha
        • Yandeyarra
        • Marble Bar
        • Roebourne
        • Wickham
        • Dampier
        • Pannawonica

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Port Hedland to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.

        CANCELLED ZONE Port Hedland to De Grey. Whilst this area has been cancelled, the Red Alert will remain in place until DFES has coordinated an assessment and deem this area safe. The assessment will occur this morning.

         


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers have received more than 34 calls for help from Port Hedland to Karratha.
        • 30 State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers are are on standby to assess damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        • They are being supported by career and volunteer Fire and Rescue service and Bush Fire Service.

        DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

        Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

        DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region to assist.

        An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
        Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

        If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

        PARK CLOSURES

        The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

        • Karijini National Park 
        • Millstream Chichester National Park 

        For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

        IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000
        • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
        • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

        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

        END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes to Yellow alert area, Weather Details and Road Closures


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 03:33 AM
        Date of issue: 25 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
        • There is a risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
        • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.


        Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Barrow Island, Pannawonica and Mardi in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardi and surrounding areas.
        There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
        You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
        • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
        • Move vehicles under cover.
        • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
        • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
        PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
        • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
        • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding.

        WHAT TO DO: 

        DFES advises: 

        • It may now be safe to return home.
        • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
        • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
        • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
        • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
        • If returning to a damaged property:
        • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.

        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 

        • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000

        After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 25 March 2019 02:44 AM:

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica is lingering near the Pilbara coast and is producing destructive winds and heavy rainfall between Karratha and Port Hedland, including Roebourne.

        The cyclone's core is lingering near the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Veronica has begun to weaken and now is a Category 2 system. Veronica is forecast to weaken further during Monday morning and start to move towards the west. The system is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity during Monday evening.

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. Destructive winds are possible in Karratha for a period during Monday morning.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected in remaining parts between De Grey and Mardie, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica from early Monday morning. Gales may extend to Barrow Island from Monday afternoon. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period during Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east and ease at Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current.

        People along the Pilbara coast east of Karratha are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide on the high tide early Monday afternoon (high tide at 1:30pm Monday at Karratha). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's only - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra Munjina Rd both directions Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres:

        • South Hedland 
          • ​​​JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Drive, South Hedland 
        • Karratha
          • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Highway, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne.

        As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am. 
        • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am.
        • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am.

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised a number of schools will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

        • Port Hedland Primary School
        • South Hedland Primary School
        • Karratha Primary School
        • Karratha Senior Highschool
        • Yandeyarra Remote Community School
        • Marble Bar Primary School
        • Roebourne District Highschool
        • Wickham Primary School
        • Dampier Primary School
        • Pannawonica Primary School

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, Karratha, Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

          DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

          Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

          DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region. This includes:

          • A task force from the State Wide Operational Response Division including volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) with a focus on logistical and operational support
          • Urban Search and Rescue Task Force who is on standby to respond to incidents
          • Specialist communications experts
          • Air operations personnel
          • Incident management personnel
          • An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
          Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

          If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

          PARK CLOSURES

          The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

          • Karijini National Park 
          • Millstream Chichester National Park 

          For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

          IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          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

          END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes under Weather Details. A Red Alert remains in place as Tropical Cyclone Veronica is impacting the Pilbara Coast now. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall means conditions are dangerous and this will continue for some time. People in the Red Alert area must continue to shelter in place.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 12:38 AM
        Date of issue: 25 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
        • There is a risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
        • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.


        Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pannawonica and Mardi in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near communities in parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica and Mardi.
        There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
        You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
        • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
        • Move vehicles under cover.
        • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
        • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
        PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
        • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
        • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding.

        WHAT TO DO: 

        DFES advises: 

        • It may now be safe to return home.
        • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
        • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
        • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
        • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
        • If returning to a damaged property:
        • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.

        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 

        • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000

        After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 25 March 2019 12:01 AM:

        Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to be slow moving and is producing destructive winds and heavy rainfall on the central Pilbara coast between Karratha and Port Hedland, including Roebourne.

        The cyclone's core is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast early Monday morning.
        Veronica is forecast to weaken during Monday morning and start to move towards the west. Further weakening is expected with the system forecast to be below tropical cyclone intensity during Monday evening.

        Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre early Monday morning. This includes Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland and are forecast to extend to adjacent inland areas early Monday morning. Destructive winds are possible in Karatha for a period during Monday morning.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected in remaining parts between De Grey and Mardie, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica from early Monday morning. Gales may extend to Barrow Island from Monday afternoon. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period during Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east and ease at Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas during Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current.

        People along the Pilbara coast east of Karratha are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide on the high tide early Monday morning (high tide at 1:30am Monday at Port Hedland). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide mark with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.

        South Hedland
        JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 

        Karratha
        ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne. As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

         

        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am. 
        • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am.
        • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am.

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised a number of schools will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

        • Port Hedland
        • South Hedland
        • Karratha
        • Yandeyarra Community
        • Marble Bar
        • Roebourne
        • Wickham
        • Dampier
        • Pannawonica

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

          DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

          Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

          DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region. This includes:

          • A task force from the State Wide Operational Response Division including volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) with a focus on logistical and operational support
          • Urban Search and Rescue Task Force who is on standby to respond to incidents
          • Specialist communications experts
          • Air operations personnel
          • Incident management personnel
          • An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
          Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

          If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

          PARK CLOSURES

          The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

          • Karijini National Park 
          • Millstream Chichester National Park 

          For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

          IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          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

          END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes under Cyclone Details section and throughout. A Red Alert remains in place as Tropical Cyclone Veronica is impacting the Pilbara Coast now. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall means conditions are dangerous and this will continue for some time. People in the Red Alert area must continue to shelter in place.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 09:11 PM
        Date of issue: 24 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
        • There is a risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
        • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.


        Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pannawonica and Mardi in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near communities in parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica and Mardi.
        There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
        You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
        • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
        • Move vehicles under cover.
        • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
        • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
        PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
        • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
        • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, excluding Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forecast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:
        The cyclone has passed but you need to be aware of hazards. Take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage and flooding. WHAT TO DO: DFES advises: 

        • It may now be safe to return home.
        • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
        • If returning home, take care on the roads. Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current, there may be damage to roads that isn’t visible.
        • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting, home debris and other material.
        • Be aware that flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
        • If returning to a damaged property:
        • It is safest to return during daylight hours when hazards are more clearly visible. 
        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.
        IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 
        • If your home has been badly damaged, call the SES on 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000
         After a cyclone, SES volunteers may 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. 


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 24 March 2019 09:00 PM:

        Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to be slow moving and is producing destructive winds and heavy rainfall on the central Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland including Roebourne.

        The cyclone's core is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast this evening and overnight. Veronica is forecast to weaken overnight and start to move to the west. Further weakening is expected during Monday with the system forecast to be below tropical cyclone intensity during Monday evening.

        Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre Sunday evening and overnight. This includes Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Roebourne and west of Port Hedland and are forecast to extend to adjacent inland areas this evening.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected in remaining parts between De Grey and Mardie, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica this evening. Gales may extend to Barrow Island during Monday afternoon. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period tonight and Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east and ease at Port Hedland early Monday morning.  

        Widespread, very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas tonight and Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

        People along the Pilbara coast east of Wickham are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide on the high tide overnight (high tide at 1:30am Monday at Port Hedland). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal unindation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

         

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.

        South Hedland
        JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 

        Karratha
        ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne. As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:

         

        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am. 
        • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am.
        • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am.

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised a number of schools will remain closed on Monday March 25th including:

         

        • Port Hedland
        • South Hedland
        • Karratha
        • Yandeyarra Community
        • Marble Bar
        • Roebourne
        • Wickham
        • Dampier
        • Pannawonica

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

          DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

          Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

          • DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region. This includes:
          • a task force from the State Wide Operational Response Division including volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) with a focus on logistical and operational support
          • Urban Search and Rescue Task Force who is on standby to respond to incidents
          • specialist communications experts
          • air operations personnel
          • incident management personnel

          An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
          Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

          If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

          PARK CLOSURES

          The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

          • Karijini National Park 
          • Millstream Chichester National Park 

          For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

          IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          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

          END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to De Grey

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes under Cyclone Details section and throughout. A Red Alert remains in place as Tropical Cyclone Veronica is impacting the Pilbara Coast now. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall means conditions are dangerous and this will continue for some time. People in the Red Alert area must continue to shelter in place.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 06:06 PM
        Date of issue: 24 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for De Grey to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
        • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
        • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
        • If you live in this area, it is too late to leave and you need to shelter in the strongest part of your house.
        • If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
        • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
        • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
        • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to De Grey in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar following the forcast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to De Grey area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • It is now safe to return home.
        • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

        If returning to a damaged property:

        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 24 March 2019 05:06 PM:

        The cyclone's core has reached land and is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast today and overnight. Veronica is forecast weaken tonight and start to move to the west. Further weakening is expected during Monday.

        Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre today and tonight. This includes Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland and are forecast to extend to adjacent inland areas today.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected between remaining parts between Mardie and Pardoo, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica later today. Gales may extend to Barrow Island later tomorrow afternoon or evening. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period today and Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east including Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas today and Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

        People along the Pilbara coast east of Wickham are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide on the high tide tonight (high tide at 1:30am at Port Hedland). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal unindation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.

        South Hedland
        JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 

        Karratha
        ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne. As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:
        • 42 customers in South Hedland, which includes the Port Haven Village - just after 8am.
        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am. 
        • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am.
        • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am.

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised a number of schools will remain closed including

         

        Schools in the following locations will remain closed on Monday March 25, 2019. 
        • Port Hedland
        • South Hedland
        • Karratha
        • Yandeyarra Community
        • Marble Bar
        • Roebourne
        • Wickham
        • Dampier
        • Pannawonica

        For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from De Grey to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

          DFES is continuing to work closely with volunteers, WA Police, local governments and other agencies to ensure the community is well informed and equipped to be able to keep themselves safe as the cyclone moves through.

          Responders are making preparations so that they can meet community needs once conditions ease and it is safe to respond.

          • DFES has deployed 40 people to the Pilbara region. This includes:
          • a task force from the State Wide Operational Response Division including volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) with a focus on logistical and operational support
          • Urban Search and Rescue Task Force who is on standby to respond to incidents
          • specialist communications experts
          • air operations personnel
          • incident management personnel

          An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
          Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

          If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

          PARK CLOSURES

          The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

          • Karijini National Park 
          • Millstream Chichester National Park 

          For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

          IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          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

          END

        Flood - Take Care for Pilbara

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


        Please note changes throughout


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


        Time of issue: 04:41 PM
        Date of issue: 24 March 2019

        Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.


        People in Fortescue River should prepare for possible Minor flooding expected today and into early parts of this week..

        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.

        Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Pilbara districts.

        People in Onslow Coast River Catchment should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.

        The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Watch has been cancelled for Onslow Coast River Catchment.

        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:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5 kilometres north of Roebourne, Roebourne turf club, to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions
         The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:
        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price
         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.

        Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

        Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local shire.

        FLOOD DETAILS:
        As at 24/03/2019 15:40:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to trigger significant flooding Sunday and into early parts of this week. Heavy rainfall is expected in areas bounded by Cape Preston to Wittenoom to Marble Bar to Pardoo. Rainfall totals within these areas Sunday through to Tuesday will range from 50 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 400 millimetres plus for the 3 day period closest to the cyclone track. Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Flooding is no longer expected in the Onslow Coast catchment.


        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 governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES have 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 Services (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.


        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 or listen to news bulletins.
        Updates will be issued if further information becomes available.

        END

        Cyclone All Clear for Wallal to Pardoo

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

        Please note changes under Cyclone Details section and throughout. A Red Alert remains in place as Tropical Cyclone Veronica is impacting the Pilbara Coast now. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall means conditions are dangerous and this will continue for some time. People in the Red Alert area must continue to shelter in place.


        This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
        It is essential that the words are not changed.

        The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
        Time of issue: 04:21 PM
        Date of issue: 24 March 2019


        Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Pardoo to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
        There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
        • Please DO NOT put emergency service workers’ lives at risk by venturing outside before the All Clear has been given. 
        • Keep your emergency kit with you.
        • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
        • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

        STORM SURGE

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
        • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
        • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
        • If you live in this area, it is too late to leave and you need to shelter in the strongest part of your house.
        • If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
        • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
        • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
        • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
        • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
        • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

        PETS

        • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
        • Have copies of medical / vaccination records and identification records with you.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wallal to Pardoo in the Pilbara

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities between Wallal to Pardoo and inland to Marble Bar following the forcast that the cyclone is no longer expected to impact the Wallal to Pardoo area.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • It is now safe to return home.
        • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

        If returning to a damaged property:

        • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
        • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
        • Keep electricity and all appliances turned off until checked by an electrician.
        • Have gas appliances inspected and cleaned before use.
        • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building due to the potential of flammable gas.
        • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.


        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 24 March 2019 03:00 PM:

        Slow moving Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is causing destructive winds and heavy rainfall on the central Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland. 

        The cyclone's core has reached land and is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast today and tonight. Veronica is forecast to weaken tonight and start to move to the west. Further weakening is expected during Monday.

        Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre today and tonight. This includes Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

        Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland and are forecast to extend to adjacent inland areas today.

        Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected between remaining parts between Mardie and Pardoo, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica later today. Gales may extend to Barrow Island later tomorrow afternoon or evening. 

        The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period today and Monday. Gales are likely to contract from the east including Port Hedland during Monday morning.  

        Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas today and Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

        People along the Pilbara coast east of Wickham are warned of the potential for a dangerous storm tide on the high tide tonight (high tide at 1:30am at Port Hedland). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5km north of Roebourne (Roebourne turf club) to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

        The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

        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.

        Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

        Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

        SAFER PLACE:

        The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.

        South Hedland
        JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 

        Karratha
        ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

        Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        HEALTH:

        • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
        • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
        • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

        For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

         

        POWER:

        HORIZON POWER

        Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne. As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:
        • 42 customers in South Hedland, which includes the Port Haven Village - just after 8am.
        • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am. 
        • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am.
        • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am.

        People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

        • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
        • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
        • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
        • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        WATER:

        WATER CORPORATION

        • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
        • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
        • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
        • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
        • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
        • Further information is available by right clicking here

        FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha and Barrow Island, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

          An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

          DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

          DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. 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.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
          Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

          If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

          PARK CLOSURES

          The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

          • Karijini National Park 
          • Millstream Chichester National Park 

          For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

          IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          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

          END

        Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

        Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:

        Please note changes throughout


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


        Time of issue: 04:10 PM
        Date of issue: 24 March 2019

        Take action now for Moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

        People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers and De Grey River catchment need to take action now as Moderate flooding is expected from 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.
        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.
        • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

        ROAD CLOSURES:

        The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

        • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
        • Madigan Road - Karratha
        • Dampier Road - Karratha
        • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions 5 kilometres north of Roebourne, Roebourne turf club, to Great Northern Highway
        • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
        • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
        • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
        • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
        • Ripon Hills Road in both directions.
         The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:
        • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price.
         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.



          Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

          Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local shire.

          FLOOD DETAILS:
          As at 24/03/2019 15:15:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to cause significant stream level rises and widespread flooding. The Pilbara Coastal Rivers and De Grey River catchment will experience flooding from Sunday into early parts of this week.


          De Grey River

          Recorded 36 hour rainfall totals to 3pm Sunday over the De Grey River catchment have ranged from 107 millimetres in western portions of the catchment to 10 millimetres in south eastern parts. The highest totals reported include 107 millimetres at Carlindie, 93 millimetres at Upper North Pole and 56 millimetres at Marble Bar.

          Rainfall totals expected through to Tuesday will range from 100 millimetres in western parts to 50 millimetres in central parts of the catchment. The highest rainfall totals are most likely in the western and coastal parts of the catchment. 

          The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool is currently at 0.89 metres and steady. The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool may exceed the moderate flood level, 6.00 metres during Monday.

          Latest River Heights:
          At 2pm Sunday 24 March 2019 Oakover River at Ripon Hills Road 0.88, Steady. Nullagine River at Nullagine, -0.49, Steady. Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool, 0.72, Rising, Coongan River at Marble Bar, -0.50, Steady, Coongan River at Marble Bar Rd Crossing, 0.51, Steady, Shaw River at North Pole Mine, 0.18, Rising, Shaw River at Marble Bar Road Crossing, -.010, Steady, De Grey River at Coolenar Pool, 0.89, Steady.

          Pilbara Coastal Rivers

          Flooding is expected to develop in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments today and into early parts of this week. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today and result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. With the current forecast track for Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica and forecast rainfall totals, the heaviest falls are likely to be along the central and coastal areas of the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments. 

          Recorded 36 hour rainfall totals to 3pm Sunday over the Pilbara Coastal Rivers Catchment have ranged from 20 millimetres in western parts to 210 millimetres around areas closest to the cyclone. The highest rainfall totals reported include 210 millimetres at Carraba, 208 millimetres at Port Hedland, 170 millimetres at Coonanarrina Pool and 133 millimetres at Roebourne.

          Latest River Heights:
          At 1pm Sunday 24 March 2019 Yule River at Jelliabidina Well, -0.05, Steady. Turner River at Pincunah, 0.92, Rising. Maitland River at Miaree Pool, -0.47, Steady.

          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..


          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 or listen to news bulletins.
          Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

          END

          Cyclone Blue Alert for parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica

          Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

          Please note changes under Cyclone Details section and throughout. A Red Alert remains in place as Tropical Cyclone Veronica is impacting the Pilbara Coast now. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall means conditions are dangerous and this will continue for some time. People in the Red Alert area must continue to shelter in place.


          This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
          It is essential that the words are not changed.

          The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
          Time of issue: 02:11 PM
          Date of issue: 24 March 2019


          Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie extending east but not including Pannawonica and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

          COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
          A RED ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Pardoo to Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier but excluding Marble Bar due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
          There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

          WHAT TO DO:
          DFES advises:

          • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre immediately.
          • Keep your emergency kit with you.
          • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
          • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

          STORM SURGE

          • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
          • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
          • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
          • If you live in this area, it is too late to leave and you need to shelter in the strongest part of your house.
          • If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
          • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
          • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
          • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.


          Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Pardoo in the Pilbara

          COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
          A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Wallal to Pardoo and inland to Marble Bar.
          There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
          You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

          WHAT TO DO:
          DFES advises:

          • If you are planning to relocate, don't leave it too late. Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
          • Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
          • Move vehicles under cover.
          • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
          • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
          • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.
          PETS AND LIVESTOCK 
          • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
          • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
          • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
          • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


          Cyclone BLUE ALERT for parts of the inland Pilbara including Pannawonica in the Pilbara

          COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
          A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica in the Pilbara.
          Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

          WHAT TO DO:
          DFES advises:

          • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
          • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
          • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
          • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.


          CYCLONE DETAILS:
          As at 24 March 2019 01:59 PM:

          Slow moving Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is causing destructive winds and heavy rainfall on the central Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland. 

          The cyclone's core has reached land and is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast today and tonight. Veronica is forecast to weaken during Monday and start moving to the west.

          Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre today and tonight. This includes Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

          Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are occurring along the Pilbara coast between Dampier and Port Hedland and are forecast to extend to adjacent inland areas today.

          Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected between remaining parts between Mardie and Pardoo, and may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica later today. Gales may also extend east of Wallal tonight if the system moves further east.

          The slow movement of the cyclone means that communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period today and into tomorrow.

          Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas today and Monday. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

          People along the Pilbara coast east of Wickham are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide on the high tide today (high tide at 1pm at Port Hedland) and tonight (high tide at 1:30am Monday at Port Hedland). Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal innundation. Tides in remaining areas of the warning area are advised that tides will rise above the normal high tide with some flooding of low-lying coastal areas. 

          ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

          The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

          • Karratha-Tom Price Road (Warlu Road) both directions between Cherratta Road and North West Coastal Highway
          • Madigan Road - Karratha
          • Dampier Road - Karratha
          • Point Samson-Roebourne Road
          • North West Coastal Highway both directions from Dewitt Road to Great Northern Highway Intersection
          • Wilson Street both directions Great Northern Highway Port Hedland
          • Great Northern Highway both directions between Auski Roadhouse Sandfire Roadhouse
          • Marble Bar Road both directions from Great Northern Highway to Limestone-Marble Bar Road Marble Bar
          • Ripon Hills Road in both directions

          The following roads are open to high clearance 4WD's and trucks - Exercise Extreme Caution:

          • Nanutarra-Munjina Road both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Bingarn Road, Tom Price

          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.

          Please visit the Travel Map at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

          Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

          SAFER PLACE:

          The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.

          South Hedland
          JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 

          Karratha
          ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

          Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

          HEALTH:

          • Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments and Onslow Health Service are operational. Roebourne Hospital is closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
          • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
          • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

          For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

           

          POWER:

          HORIZON POWER

          Tropical Cyclone Veronica has impacted power supplies throughout the Pilbara, including South Hedland, Karratha, Point Samson and Roebourne. As at 1pm Sunday 24 March, the following power outages are being experienced:
          • 42 customers in South Hedland, which includes the Port Haven Village - just after 8am 
          • 33 customers in Stovehill and Burrup areas of Karratha - just after 4:30am 
          • 163 customers in Point Samson - just after 8:30am 
          • 2 customers in Roebourne - just after 11am

          People need to prepare for extended power outages, as Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to approach the coast.

          • Our local teams are under red alert as well and will not be able to assess the damage and commence restoration efforts until the red alert is lifted. This will mean you may be without power, and possibly internet, mobile phone services and water, for some time.
          • Customers are reminded to report any outages to 13 23 51.
          • Damaged electrical infrastructure may appear harmless, but could be live and potentially dangerous, if you see damaged electrical infrastructure call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
          • The towns of Wickham and Dampier are supplied with electricity by Rio Tinto. To report an outage in these towns, contact the Pilbara Service desk 1800 992 777.
          • Further information is available here.

          WATER:

          WATER CORPORATION

          • Tropical Cyclone Veronica has potential to cause damage to drinking water and wastewater facilities. 
          • Residents should ensure their emergency containers are filled with water. 
          • On average each person requires at least 20 litres of water per day for drinking, washing and cooking. At least 2.5 of the 20 litres is required for drinking.
          • It’s also important to sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent wastewater backflow.
          • If there is a loss of power wastewater cannot be pumped to the treatment plants and it may start to overflow from pump stations and manholes in the street where it mixes with flood water
          • Further information is available here.

          FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

          CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha, and adjacent inland areas, including Pannawonica.


          WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

            An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

            DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

            DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. 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.


            EXTRA INFORMATION:

            REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
            Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

            If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

            PARK CLOSURES

            The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

            • Karijini National Park 
            • Millstream Chichester National Park 

            For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

            IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

            • For SES assistance call 132 500
            • In a life threatening situation call 000
            • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
            • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

            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

            END

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