Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:10 am WST on Tuesday 5 June 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Flood Watch Number: 2

Flooding is possible in the Gascoyne River, Wooramel River, Lyndon-Minilya Rivers, Onslow Coast, Ashburton River and Onslow due to unseasonal heavy rainfall from Tuesday through to Thursday.

A rain band associated with a strong cold front to the south will move east across the Pilbara during Tuesday to Thursday with heavy falls expected.

Although catchments in the region are very dry, they can respond quickly to the intense rainfall forecast.

Widespread daily rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm, with isolated daily falls of up to 120 mm are forecast as the system tracks north east over the next few days. Intense rainfall may fall over a very short duration.

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:

Fortescue River
Onslow Coast
Ashburton River
Lyndon-Minilya Rivers
Gascoyne River
Wooramel River

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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