SES Volunteers Association of WA

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09/05/2013 – SES Volunteers Respond to more RFA

SES responds as bad weather hits parts of the Goldfields Midlands, Great Southern and Midwest Gascyone  
 
State Emergency Service (SES) Vpolunteers have answered six calls for help after a cold front hit parts of the Goldfields Midlands, Great Southern and Midwest Gascyone yesterday.   Water damage has been reported in Kalgoorlie.   More bad weather coming from Carnegie to the South Australian border and along the coast to Eyre.   If you live in an area bounded by Carnegie to the South Australian border, along the coast to Eyre and to Carngie you should take action and stay safe with more bad weather to come.    This includes people in, near Eyre.

State Emergency Service (SES)b Volunteers also  answered more than 40 calls for help since 5.00pm yesterday after a cold front hit Perth and the South West.
 
Damage has been reported across the Perth metropolitan area and South West.   The majority of the calls in the metro area have come from northern suburbs in the Sitrling and Wanneroo areas.
 
Showers and thunderstorms are likely to be more intense than usual and dangerous conditions may occur in some parts of the warning area during the morning.
 
WHAT TO DO:

  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.

IF DRIVING:

  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
  • Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

 ROAD CLOSURES:
The Goldfields Highway has been closed between Meekatharra and Wiluna.    Further clarification should be sought from Main Roads WA on 138 138.
 
WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 3.23am on 9 May 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front lies near Carnegie to Eyre, easing as it contracts to the southeast of the state early Thursday morning.
 
A wind gust to 89 kilometres per hour was reported from Laverton at 9:35 pm.
 
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by storm call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213
  • For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.

 

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