Flood watch for the Kimberley
Flood watch for the Kimberley

Heavy rainfall associated with a tropical low is expected to cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding in the Ord River downstream of Lake Argyle, the Keep River and the Pentecost River.

Rainfall reports for the 24 hours to 9am today, Wednesday have varied from 35mm to 80mm in an area from Kununurra to Kalumburu.

As the tropical low moves southwest towards the WA border during Wednesday and into Thursday, widespread heavy rainfall of 100mm with isolated heavier falls up to 200mm is forecast in an area from Wyndham to Warmun.

Based on the forecast track of the tropical low, only moderate rainfall is forecast for the central Kimberley including the upper areas of the Fitzroy River catchment.

DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) 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 at www.water.wa.gov.au.

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood/

Weather Forecast: For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/

Next Issue: The next flood watch for the Kimberley will be issued by 4pm Wednesday 15
January.

For information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit
www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

The West Australian

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