Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:30 am WST on Friday 25 February 2022

Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE EAST, NORTH AND WEST KIMBERLEY RIVER CATCHMENTS

Heavy rainfall and localised flooding is expected from Saturday associated with a tropical cyclone developing over the Timor See from Friday night.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Friday rainfall totals up to 50 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments.

Rainfall totals forecast for the remainder of Friday into Saturday will likely to range from 100-200 mm with isolated totals up to 300 mm along the North Kimberley Coast. Totals between 100-200 mm with isolated totals of 250-300 mm are possible in the North Kimberley Rivers Saturday into Sunday.

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

Catchments likely to be affected include:
East Kimberley Rivers

North Kimberley Rivers

West Kimberley 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 https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au/maps-and-data/monitoring/river-level-monitoring

Rainfall and River Conditions Map