Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:59 am WST on Thursday 11 January 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Flood Watch Number: 3

Flooding is possible in a number of catchments in the Pilbara region due to heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Joyce.

Tropical Cyclone Joyce lies off the west Kimberley coast, currently moving southwest towards the east Pilbara and likely to cross the coast later Friday. For more details [www.bom.gov.au/cyclone].

Due to heavy rainfall over the past several weeks associated with Tropical Cyclone Hilda and normal wet season conditions, catchments in the region are already relatively wet.

Heavy rainfall is expected over the northwest and west Kimberley coast, extending to the far eastern Pilbara during Thursday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 150 mm are expected with isolated heavier falls of 150-300 mm possible.

Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

De Grey River
Pilbara Coastal Rivers
Fortescue River
Ashburton River
Sandy Desert

A flood warning has been issued for the West Kimberley Rivers catchments. Flooding is no longer expected in the North Kimberley Rivers 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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