Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:04 pm WST on Wednesday 30 March 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE ONSLOW COAST, LYNDON-MINILYA, WOORAMEL AND MURCHINSON RIVER CATCHMENTS

A trough lies through the central west coast and extends into the Gascoyne. A low pressure system moves southwards close to the far west Pilbara coast later Thursday and then the Gascoyne coast on Friday.

The catchments are generally dry with no significant rainfall having been recorded in the last week.

Daily rainfall totals between 50-100 mm are possible along the coast, with isolated totals of similar values possible further inland. Rainfall is expected to continue in the Flood Watch areas into the weekend.

Flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly primary and secondary highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Onslow Coast

Lyndon-Minilya Rivers

Wooramel River

Murchison 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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