Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:57 am WST on Saturday 13 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 7

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE 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 24 hours to 9:00 am Saturday rainfall totals of 20 - 70 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments.

Rainfall forecast totals for remainder of Saturday into Sunday will range from
15 to 30 mm with isolated totals up to 70 mm in the Sandy Desert, De Grey, Gascoyne and Wooramel catchments.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected in the Sandy Desert, De Grey River and Wooramel catchments.

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:

De Grey River

Wooramel River

Sandy Desert

Flooding is no longer expected in the Ashburton or Fortescue river 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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