Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:28 am WST on Sunday 14 February 2021

Flood Watch Number: 8

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE KIMBERLEY, SANDY DESERT, DE GREY RIVER AND WOORAMEL RIVER CATCHMENTS.

A broad trough lies over the inland Pilbara and extends to the North Interior and will remain near stationary over the next few days before slowly weakening.

In the Kimberley an enhanced few days of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected to develop from the east today and shift across to the West Kimberley by Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Sunday rainfall totals of 20 - 40 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments, with falls to 70 mm in the East Kimberley.

Rainfall forecast totals for remainder of Sunday into Monday will range from 15 to 30 mm with isolated totals up to 50 mm in the Sandy Desert, De Grey and Wooramel catchments.

Rainfall of 30-60 mm with isolated falls up to 120 mm are forecast in the east Kimberley Sunday and Monday, before similar totals shift to the north then western Kimberley by Wednesday.

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

A flood warning is current for the Fitzroy and Gascoyne River catchments.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

East Kimberley Rivers
North Kimberley Rivers
West Kimberley Rivers
De Grey River
Wooramel River
Sandy Desert

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments:

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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