Severe Weather and Flood Warning

Warning For Several Regions

Severe Weather and Flood Warning

Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Lower South West, and Great Southern.

If you live in the Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts, you need to get ready now for severe weather expected on Wednesday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous. People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about five times per year, however it is less common for severe weather conditions to extend as far north as Kalbarri and as far inland as Beacon and Merredin.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now: 

  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
  • Move vehicles under cover
  • Boat owners should securely moor their boats
  • Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.

If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan, South West, Lower South West, Great Southern districts.

People in catchments including Moore and Hill Rivers, Murray River, Harvey River, Collie River, Preston River, Busselton Coastal Rivers, South West District Rivers and South Coastal Rivers should prepare for possible minor flooding over the coming days.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.

IF DRIVING:

  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR by contacting your local Shire. 

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au 
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        

KEEP UP TO DATE: 
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/

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