Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:46 am WST on Thursday 2 August 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Flood Watch Number: 3

Areas of flooding may to develop along water courses in the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts during Friday overnight into Saturday.

A cold front will move over the South West Land Division later on Friday and during Saturday, although it is not expected to be as strong as Wednesday's front.

Catchments in the South West are seasonally wet for this time of year. Stream rises have been recorded in response to rainfall since Wednesday.

The cold front expected will bring rainfall totals of 15 to 25 mm across the Central West, Lower West, Central Wheat Belt and South West Districts from Dongara , extending south to Albany and along the South Coast to Esperance. Some isolated falls of 40 mm possible

The forecast rainfall combined with current catchment conditions may cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding possible along watercourses in the Lower West and South West District from late Friday.

The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings if required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Moore and Hill Rivers
Murray River
Harvey River
Collie River
Preston River
Blackwood River
Busselton Coastal Rivers
South West District Rivers
South Coastal 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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