Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:05 am WST on Thursday 3 March 2022 Flood Watch Number: 7

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE DE GREY RIVER AND DESERT CATCHMENTS

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anika crossed the coast last night near Wallal and will weaken further as it moves southeast through the Pilbara and Interior today and Friday.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Thursday rainfall totals up to 162 mm were recorded in the Sandy Desert District and over parts of the De Grey River catchment.

Daily rainfall totals of 50 -150 mm are possible during Thursday and Friday with isolated higher falls possible depending on the path of the system including Telfer. Further totals of 10-25 mm are possible over the Flood Watch area Friday into Saturday.

Heavy rainfall will result in significant river rises, and areas of flooding which will adversely affect road conditions, some rivers will rise very rapidly and road users should take care.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

De Grey River

Warburton District Rivers

Salt Lakes District Rivers

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Fitzroy 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 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



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