Minor Flooding in Parts of Goldfields-Midlands Districts

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22 February 2018

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Please note changes under Flood Details and Road Closures sections  

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

Time of issue: 12:05 PM 
Date of issue: 22 February 2018

Take action now for Minor flooding in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands districts.

People in Nullabor District Rivers need to take action now as Minor flooding is expected over the coming days. Locations which may be affected include Eucla, Rawlinna, Cocklebiddy, Balladonia and Caiguna.  
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

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.


  • 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.


Some roads may be closed due to flood waters.

A wind warning is current for Eyre Highway in both directions between Eucla and Madura. Exercise caution and drive to conditions. 


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.

As at 22/02/2018 10:56:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises areas of flooding are expected to continue in the Nullarbor District Rivers Catchment. The remnants of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kelvin contracts into the Bight early Thursday. For the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, rainfall totals of 79 mm at Eucla, 47 mm at Forrest and 46 mm at Red Rocks Point have been recorded. No significant rainfall is forecast for the catchment area in the outlook period. 

Heavy rainfall totals in associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kelvin is expected to cause significant river rises, areas of flooding and adversely affect road conditions in the catchment area. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

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.


  • 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        

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.  


Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications on 9395 9543.


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