The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 12:40 PM
Date of issue: 02 August 2018
Prepare for flooding in parts of the Lower South West districts.
People in the Lefroy Brook River catchment should prepare for possible flooding expected today. This includes people north of the Pemberton townsite.
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.
Some roads may be closed due to rising flood waters.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
As at 02/08/2018 10:55:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises areas of flooding may develop along water courses in the South West District during Friday overnight into Saturday. A cold front will move over the South West Land Division later on Friday and during Saturday, although it is not expected to be as strong as Wednesday's front. Catchments in the South West are seasonally wet for this time of year. Stream rises have been recorded in response to rainfall since Wednesday .The cold front expected will bring rainfall totals of 15 to 25 mm across the Central West, Lower West, Central Wheat Belt and South West Districts from Dongara, extending south to Albany and along the South Coast to Esperance. Some isolated falls of 40 mm possible. The forecast rainfall combined with current catchment conditions may cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding possible along watercourses in the South West District.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- 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