EmergencyWA Alerts & Warnings

Cyclone Blue Alert for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara Content:

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

Tropical Cyclone Damien will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast. Refer to 'Storm Surge - Relocate Now' section. Buses are transporting people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. Refer to Safer Place section for details. People are reminded that Triple Zero (000) is only to be used for life threatening situations.


Time of issue: 01:14 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Barrow Island.
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:

  • 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.
  • Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
  • Be aware that shops may now be closing.

 

STORM SURGE - RELOCATE NOW

  • Tropical Cyclone Damien 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 Karratha, Dampier, Wickham, Cossack, Roebourne and Point Sampson within 24 hours. 
  • To view the 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 the storm surge warning areas, you need to relocate now to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health. 
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow, including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar, but not including Onslow and Port Hedland 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.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 7 February 2020 11:53 AM:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is now a Category 3 system, and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast.

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: estimated to be 305 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 315 kilometres north of Karratha.

Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Hazards:  Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from as early as Friday evening. Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop during Saturday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast. 

Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop during Saturday between Mardie and Onslow.

Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
  • Munjina Road
  • Dingarn Road

There are a number of other roads affected. Please check the Main Roads Travel Map at travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au for how to proceed. 

Heavy rainfall is predicted in the region which may cause flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodway’s and river crossings. Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly. Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or by contacting your local Shire.

SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex (opposite Broadhurst Road, Dampier Highway) and the JD Hardie Centre (Cottier Drive, South Hedland).
  • Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. 
    • 1pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES (Wickham Drive). Departing at 1:10pm 
    • 1:30pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne PCYC 50 Cent Hall (1 Sholl Street). Departing at 1:40pm.
    • 3:15pm: Second bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES, departing at 3:25pm.
    • 3:45pm: Second bus arrives at PCYC 50 Cent Hall. Departing at 3:55pm. 
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. 

LIVESTOCK:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises to consider safer areas for animals with access to food and water such as under solid shelter, higher grounds or opening internal fences. Do not cut external fencing. Consider moving food stores to elevated grounds.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or at an evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre.   

PARK CLOSURES:

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised park closures for people in or near: 

  • Millstream Chichester National Park 
  • Karajini National Park 

Subject to an assessment of damage and visitor safety, the parks may be reopen at 8am Monday 10 February, 2020.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • DFES personnel have been deployed to the Pilbara in preparation for the tropical cyclone


    EXTRA INFORMATION:
    A number of schools in the region are closed today (Friday 7 February) due to Tropical Cyclone Damien. For public schools visit the Department of Education Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PublicEducationWA/ . For Catholic schools visit Catholic Education WA at www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationWA/.

     

    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:

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

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 01:12 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020

Take action now for moderate flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.
People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments need to take action now as moderate flooding is expected over the coming days including the towns of Port Hedland, Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne and Wickham


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:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
  • Munjina Road
  • Dingarn Road


Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local City or Shire.

PARK CLOSURES:

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised park closures for people in or near: 

  • Millstream Chichester National Park 
  • Karajini National Park 

Subject to an assessment of damage and visitor safety, the parks may be reopen at 8am Monday 10 February, 2020.

FLOOD DETAILS:


As at 07/02/2020 12:46:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is expected to cause significant stream level rises and widespread flooding commencing overnight Friday into Sunday. Pilbara Coastal Rivers rainfall totals for Friday through to Sunday will range from 100 mm furthest from the cyclones path to 350 mm with isolated higher totals possible closest to the cyclone track. Rainfall is expected to be heavy with rainfall rates up to 50 mm per hour and accumulations up to 130 mm in three hours possible closest to the cyclone track.


Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. The Pilbara Coastal Rivers are expected to rise significantly.

Latest River Heights:

  • Yule River at Jelliabidina Well, -0.10, Steady, 12:00 PM FRI 07/02/20
  • Turner River at Pincunah, -0.03, Steady, 11:00 AM FRI 07/02/20
  • Maitland River at Miaree Pool, -0.47, Steady, 11:00 AM FRI 07/02/20

 


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.
  • 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

Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of HYDEN and northern parts of HOLT ROCK in SHIRE OF KONDININ and SHIRE OF KULIN

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HYDEN and northern parts of HOLT ROCK in SHIRE OF KONDININ and SHIRE OF KULIN Content:

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

Please note changes to Alert Level and throughout. This fire was previously referred to as the Forrestania fire.


Time of issue: 01:10 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HYDEN and northern parts of HOLT ROCK in SHIRE OF KONDININ and SHIRE OF KULIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Hyden-Norseman Road, Holland Track, Hyden-Lake King Road and Lake O'Connor Road in parts of HYDEN and northern parts of HOLT ROCK in SHIRE OF KONDININ and SHIRE OF KULIN.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire conditions have intensified due to a wind change.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a south westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


  • There are possible thunderstorms forecast for the area later today.


SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in the affected area, leave in a southerly or westerly direction.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Hyden-Norseman Road 
  • Marvel Loch- Forrestania Road

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF KONDININ.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • Approximately 60 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 12:37 PM on 6 February 2020.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • The Shire of Kondinin is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for western parts of KATANNING in SHIRE OF KATANNING

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of KATANNING in SHIRE OF KATANNING Content:

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

Please note changes under Road Closures


Time of issue: 12:51 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of KATANNING in SHIRE OF KATANNING

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along Great Southern Highway between Katanning and Woodanilling in KATANNING in SHIRE OF KATANNING.

  • There is no threat to lives or homes.
  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • The fire started near the intersection of GREAT SOUTHERN HWY and SIRL RD in KATANNING.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • Be extremely careful when 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a southerly direction.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Great Southern Highway is closed between Trimmer Road and Newstead Road.

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF KATANNING.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:24 AM on 7 February 2020.
  • Shire of Katanning is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE Content:

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

Please note this alert has been upgraded to a Watch and Act.


Time of issue: 12:28 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by CARSTAIRS ROAD to the North, FENCE ROAD to the East, BIDDY-CAMM ROAD to the South and HOLT ROCK ROAD SOUTH to the West.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to an increase in fire activity.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • The fire started near the intersection of BIDDY-CAMM RD and FENCE RD in LAKE KING.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving in a south westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:01 PM on 6 February 2020.
  • Shire of Lake Grace with the assistance of DFES is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara Content:

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

Please note changes to Cyclone Details and throughout. Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. Refer to Safer Place section for details. People are reminded that Triple Zero (000) is only to be used for life threatening situations.


Time of issue: 12:19 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Barrow Island.
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:

  • 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.
  • Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
  • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
  • Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Please keep up to date as the situation is changing and you may be advised to take action. 


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow, including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar, but not including Onslow and Port Hedland 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.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 7 February 2020 11:53 AM:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is now a Category 3 system, and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast.

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: estimated to be 305 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 315 kilometres north of Karratha.

Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Hazards:  Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from as early as Friday evening. Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop during Saturday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast. 

Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop during Saturday between Mardie and Onslow.

Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
  • Munjina Road
  • Dingarn Road

There are a number of other roads affected. Please check the Main Roads Travel Map at travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au for how to proceed. 

Heavy rainfall is predicted in the region which may cause flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodway’s and river crossings. Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly. Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or by contacting your local Shire.

SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex (opposite Broadhurst Road, Dampier Highway) and the JD Hardie Centre (Cottier Drive, South Hedland).
  • Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. 
    • 1pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES (Wickham Drive). Departing at 1:10pm 
    • 1:30pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne PCYC 50 Cent Hall (1 Sholl Street). Departing at 1:40pm.
    • 3:15pm: Second bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES, departing at 3:25pm.
    • 3:45pm: Second bus arrives at PCYC 50 Cent Hall. Departing at 3:55pm. 
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. 

LIVESTOCK:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises to consider safer areas for animals with access to food and water such as under solid shelter, higher grounds or opening internal fences. Do not cut external fencing. Consider moving food stores to elevated grounds.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or at an evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre.   


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • DFES personnel have been deployed to the Pilbara in preparation for the tropical cyclone


    EXTRA INFORMATION:
    A number of schools in the region are closed today (Friday 7 February) due to Tropical Cyclone Damien.For public schools visit the Department of Education Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PublicEducationWA/ . For Catholic schools visit Catholic Education WA at www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationWA/.

     

    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

Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE Content:

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

Please note this alert has been upgraded to a Watch and Act.


Time of issue: 12:16 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM and VARLEY in SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by CARSTAIRS ROAD to the North, BIDDY-CAMM ROAD to the South, HOLT ROCK ROAD SOUTH to the West and FENCE ROAD to the East.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to an increase in fire activity.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • The fire started near the intersection of BIDDY-CAMM RD and FENCE RD in LAKE KING.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving in a south westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:01 PM on 6 February 2020.
  • Shire of Lake Grace with the assistance of DFES is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara Content:

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

Please note changes to Cyclone Details and throughout. Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. Refer to Safer Place section for details. People are reminded that Triple Zero (000) is only to be used for life threatening situations.


Time of issue: 12:14 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Barrow Island.
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:

  • 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.
  • Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
  • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
  • Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Please keep up to date as the situation is changing and you may be advised to take action. 


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow, including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar, but not including Onslow and Port Hedland 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.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 7 February 2020 11:53 AM:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is now a Category 3 system, and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast.

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: estimated to be 305 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 315 kilometres north of Karratha.

Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Hazards:  Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from as early as Friday evening. Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop during Saturday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast. 

Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop during Saturday between Mardie and Onslow.

Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
  • Munjina Road
  • Dingarn Road

There are a number of other roads affected. Please check the Main Roads Travel Map at travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au for how to proceed. 

Heavy rainfall is predicted in the region which may cause flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodway’s and river crossings. Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly. Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or by contacting your local Shire.

SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex (opposite Broadhurst Road, Dampier Highway) and the JD Hardie Centre (Cottier Drive, South Hedland).
  • Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. 
    • 1pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES (Wickham Drive). Departing at 1:10pm 
    • 1:30pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne PCYC 50 Cent Hall (1 Sholl Street). Departing at 1:40pm.
    • 3:15pm: Second bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES, departing at 3:25pm.
    • 3:45pm: Second bus arrives at PCYC 50 Cent Hall. Departing at 3:55pm. 
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. 

LIVESTOCK:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises to consider safer areas for animals with access to food and water such as under solid shelter, higher grounds or opening internal fences. Do not cut external fencing. Consider moving food stores to elevated grounds.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or at an evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre.   


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • DFES personnel have been deployed to the Pilbara in preparation for the tropical cyclone


    EXTRA INFORMATION:
    A number of schools in the region are closed today (Friday 7 February) due to Tropical Cyclone Damien.For public schools visit the Department of Education Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PublicEducationWA/ . For Catholic schools visit Catholic Education WA at www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationWA/.

     

    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, Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne districts. Content:

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

Please note changes throughout


Time of issue: 11:07 AM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne districts.
People in Pilbara and Gascoyne district including, Port Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nanutarra Roadhouse, Marble Bar, Kalbarri, Meekatharra, Murchinson, and Kumarina should prepare for possible minor flooding expected Saturday onwards.
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:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Nanutarra Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
  • Munjina Road
  • Dingarn Road

 



    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local Shire.

    PARK CLOSURES :

    The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised park closures for people in or near: 

    • Millstream Chichester National Park 
    • Karajini National Park 

    Subject to an assessment of damage and visitor safety, the parks may be reopen at 8am Monday 10 February, 2020.

    FLOOD DETAILS:


    As at 07/02/2020 10:26:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to intensify and turn towards the Pilbara coast during Friday. A severe tropical cyclone impact is forecast for the Pilbara coast during Saturday.Heavy rainfall is likely from Saturday, and into next week dependent on the cyclones path. Forecast rainfall is likely to range from over 300 millimetres closest to the cyclone path to 100 millimetres or less more distant from the cyclone.Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions.Roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.


    Catchments likely to be affected include:

    • De Grey River
    • Pilbara Coastal Rivers 
    • Fortescue River 
    • Onslow Coast 
    • Ashburton River
    • Gascoyne River
    • Murchinson River

    Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au


    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.
    • 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

    Bushfire All Clear for 5 kilometres west of the Paraburdoo airport in PARABURDOO in the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for 5 kilometres west of the Paraburdoo airport in PARABURDOO in the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON Content:

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


    Time of issue: 10:20 AM
    Date of issue: 07 February 2020


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for 5 kilometres west of the Paraburdoo airport in PARABURDOO in the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling along Tom Price-Paraburdoo Road, 5 kilometres west of the Paraburdoo airport in PARABURDOO in the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON.

    • The bushfire that was burning in Paraburdoo has been extinguished.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have not been 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Ashburton.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the area for the rest of the day..


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:56 PM on 2 February 2020.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    KEEP UP TO DATE:

    Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Cyclone Blue Alert for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow

    Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara Content:

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

    Please note changes throughout the alert. Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Please keep up to date as the situation is changing and you may be advised to take action.


    Time of issue: 09:59 AM
    Date of issue: 07 February 2020


    Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Barrow Island.
    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:

    • 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.
    • Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit.
    • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
    • Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Please keep up to date as the situation is changing and you may be advised to take action. 


    Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow, including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar, but not including Onslow and Port Hedland 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.


    CYCLONE DETAILS:
    As at 7 February 2020 08:52 AM:

    The Bureau of Meteorology advises that tropical cyclone Damien continued to intensify overnight and is expected to reach Category 3 during Friday as it turns towards the Pilbara coast.

    Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 110 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 155 kilometres per hour.

    Location: estimated to be 300 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 320 kilometres north of Karratha.

    Movement: west southwest at 11 kilometres per hour.

    Hazards:  Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from as early as Friday evening. Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop during Saturday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast. 

    Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop Saturday morning between Mardie and Onslow.

    Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

    Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

     

    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have been closed including:

    • Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
    • Munjina Road
    • Dingarn Road

    There are a number of other roads affected. Please check the Main Roads Travel Map at travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au for how to proceed. 

    Heavy rainfall is predicted in the region which may cause flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodway’s and river crossings. Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly. Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.

    Travel plans may need to be reconsidered due to unfavourable road conditions. If it’s raining heavily and you can’t see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears. Be alert and watch for hazards on the road including stray cattle. 

    Exercise caution in flooded areas and take care when driving on gravel roads. Surfaces may be slippery or muddy and vehicles could become bogged.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or by contacting your local Shire.

    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex (opposite Broadhurst Road, Dampier Highway) and the JD Hardie Centre (Cottier Drive, South Hedland).
    • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
    • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. 


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • DFES personnel have been deployed to the Pilbara in preparation for the tropical cyclone


      EXTRA INFORMATION:
      The following public schools will be closed as a precaution Friday 7 February due to Tropical Cyclone Damien:

      • Baler Primary School
      • Baynton West Primary School
      • Cassia Education Support Centre
      • Cassia Primary School 
      • Dampier Primary School 
      • Hedland Senior High School 
      • Karratha Primary School 
      • Karratha Senior High School 
      • Millars Well Primary School 
      • Pannawonica Primary School 
      • Pegs Creek Primary School 
      • Port Hedland Primary School
      • Port Hedland School of the Air 
      • Roebourne Child and Parent Centre 
      • Roebourne District High School
      • South Hedland Primary School 
      • Tambrey Primary School 
      • Wickham Primary School 
      • Yandeyarra Remote Community School.

      The following Catholic Schools will be closed Friday 7 February:

      • St Luke's College, Karratha
      • St Paul's Primary School, Karratha
      • St Cecelia's Catholic Primary School, Port Hedland

      In addition, the Pilbara Regional Education Office will also be closed.

      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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