WA farmers brace for flooding stock losses

Farmers in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia are expecting significant stock losses as record floodwaters continue to spread.

The Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen's Association are unsure how many of the estimated 700,000 cattle found in the region have died due to the devastating rains.

Chair Jak Andrews runs Yeeda Station east of Fitzroy Crossing and said most of the damage had been experienced in the surrounding area, but the flooding was yet to peak near Derby.

"We're not expecting the peak of this river to come down 'til probably Monday," he told AAP from the flooded station.

"We're hoping to have helicopters airborne tomorrow to move cattle to higher ground before that peak comes through.

"Fortunately, there are no reports of loss of human life, but there's certainly infrastructure and livestock losses."

Mr Andrews said the flooding was causing an anxious time for pastoralists.

"A number of properties are reporting significant losses ... infrastructure damage, entire station complexes being submerged. There's no doubt that the losses will be significant."

He said the station's abattoir, which employed up to 100 people during its peak operations, remained closed until further notice.

Mr Andrews said station operators were going to need help once the initial emergency was over.

"There is going to be a requirement for financial help once we go into recovery mode and that will be ongoing for some period of time," he said.

State MP Neil Thomson echoed the calls for help, saying the challenges would come after the floodwaters recede.

"For those stock that have managed to survive, to make sure they've got feed and the animals don't get bogged in the mud," he told AAP.

Mr Thomson, who represents the state's Mining and Pastoral Region, said pastoralists had been working hard to save stranded stock by moving them to higher ground.

"The challenge is ... stock tend to want to go home and if you move stock off the low floodplain they can tend to wander back," he said.

The Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen's Association said it's already received donations of hay from other pastoralists in Western Australia to donate to those in need.