Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:47 am WST on Tuesday 16 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 10

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE KIMBERLEY AND DE GREY RIVER CATCHMENTS.

A broad trough lies over the north of the state and will remain near stationary over the next few days.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected to continue in the Kimberley before contracting to the north west Kimberley coast by Wednesday and Thursday.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Tuesday rainfall totals of 20 - 60 mm were recorded in the Kimberley and De Grey River catchments.

Rainfall forecast totals for remainder of Tuesday into Wednesday will range from 15 to 40 mm with isolated totals between 60 to 80 mm in the Kimberley and De Grey River catchments.

Flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly secondary highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become or remain isolated. Check road conditions being travelling.

A minor flood warning is current for the Fitzroy River catchment.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

East Kimberley Rivers

North Kimberley Rivers

West Kimberley Rivers

De Grey River

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: 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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