Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:43 am WST on Friday 9 April 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE WOORAMEL, MURCHISON AND GREENOUGH RIVER CATCHMENTS

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is expected to turn towards the west coast before making landfall late Sunday or early Monday. Heavy to intense rainfall are likely close to the track of Seroja during Sunday and Monday.

No significant rainfall recorded in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Friday.

Rainfall forecast totals for Saturday will range from 5 to 10 mm in the flood watch catchments.

As Seroja makes landfall during Sunday, rainfall of 50 - 100 mm with isolated falls to 150 mm are expected in the Wooramel and Murchison River catchment. Coastal areas in the Greenough may receive falls of 30 mm with isolated rainfall totals up to 50 mm.

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:
Wooramel River

Murchison River

Greenough 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/maps-and-data/monitoring/river-level-monitoring

Rainfall and River Conditions Map