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The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 12:18 PM
Date of issue: 24 March 2019
Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.
People in Fortescue River and Onslow Coast catchments should prepare for possible Minor flooding expected today.
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.
- 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 Ashburton River should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Watch has been cancelled for Ashburton River.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to
- Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
- Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
- Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
- With water moving quickly people need to take care near rivers and streams, this includes when swimming or kayaking.
- Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
- Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
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.
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 Shire of (Name).
As at 24/03/2019 11:03:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to trigger significant widespread flooding Sunday and into early parts of this week. Heavy rainfall is expected in areas bounded by Pardoo to Telfer to Newman to Paraburdoo through to Onslow. 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 Ashburton River 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.
- 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.