Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:02 am WST on Friday 12 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 6

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE SANDY DESERT, DE GREY RIVER, FORTESCUE RIVER, ASHBURTON AND GASCOYNE RIVER CATCHMENTS.

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

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Friday rainfall totals of 20 - 66 mm were recorded in the Sandy Desert and Fortescue catchments, and falls of up to 16 mm were recorded in the Ashburton River catchment.

Across the Ashburton River, Fortescue River and Ashburton River catchments, over the next 24 hours, rainfall totals of 15-25 mm are forecast inland, with isolated totals between 80 - 100 mm possible.

Rainfall totals of 10 - 20 mm with isolated totals between 40 - 60 mm are expected in the flood watch area Saturday before easing on Sunday.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and significant river rises are expected in the Sandy Desert, De Grey River, Fortescue River, Ashburton River. Renewed river rises are possible in the upper catchment of the Gascoyne River but no widespread flooding is expected for the Gascoyne River at Nine Mile Bridge.

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 River catchment.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

De Grey River

Fortescue River

Ashburton River

Gascoyne River

Sandy Desert

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Warburton District Rivers.

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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