Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:17 am WST on Tuesday 9 February 2021

Flood Watch Number: 3

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE EAST KIMBERLEY AND SANDY DESERT CATCHMENTS FROM TUESDAY.

A tropical low currently located near the WA Border to the east of Halls Creek is expected to move slowly west during the remainder of Tuesday.

In the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday rainfall totals of 30 - 70 mm were recorded in the East Kimberley catchments.

As the low moves further into Western Australia Tuesday into Wednesday, heavy rainfall of 50 - 100 mm with isolated totals up to 150 mm are forecast in the flood watch area.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and significant river rises are expected to develop from Tuesday onwards. Many roads, and possibly primary highways, may be affected during the week. Some communities and homesteads may become or remain isolated.

A Flood Warning is current for the Fitzroy River.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
East Kimberley Rivers

Sandy Desert

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
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