Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:10 am WST on Saturday 6 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 12

FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS ASHBURTON, MURCHISON AND GREENOUGH RIVER CATCHMENTS

A tropical low lies offshore from the Gascoyne coast, bringing heavy rain to the region. The low is expected to move south just offshore from the west coast over the coming days.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Saturday, widespread rainfall has been recorded in the affected catchments, with 24 hour totals of up to 40 mm.

In the Murchison and Greenough river catchments, over the next 24 hours, rainfall totals of 15-30 mm are forecast inland, increasing to 30-50 mm near the coast, with isolated totals of 100 mm possible.

In the Ashburton River catchment no further significant rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours, as the tropical low now lies well to the south.

Observed and forecast rainfall may cause significant flooding in the flood watch area. Secondary roads are likely to be disrupted and some communities and localities are likely to become isolated by road.

Dangerous flood waters may develop rapidly.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Ashburton River

Murchison River

Greenough River

Flood Warnings are current for the following catchments: Fitzroy River, Lyndon-Minilya, Gascoyne and Wooramel.

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

Flood Safety Advice:
DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock. Watch water levels. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered. Do not drive into water of unknown depth and velocity.

Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au/maps-and-data/monitoring/river-level-monitoring


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