Friday, December 27th, 2013

Ord River catchment: Caution urged as flood warning cancelled

The BOM has cancelled the flood warning for the Ord River catchment.

DFESHowever DFES urges people to take care as water levels rise in rivers and creeks.

You can read DFES advice here:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Time of issue: 12.25pm


Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in the Ord River Catchment in the Kimberley

People in the Ord River Catchment should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.


The Bureau of Meteorology advises the flood warning has been cancelled for the Ord River Catchment.



DFES State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) advises you to:


• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.

• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

• Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.

• With water moving quickly people need to take care near the Ord River, this includes when swimming or kayaking.



• Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.

• Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.


The Gibb River Road is closed from Lennard River to Wyndham.


As at 10.26am the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a cancellation of Flood Warning for the Ord River Catchment.

Rainfall recorded during past 24 hours are less than 15mm in the Ord River catchment. Dunham River at Flying Fox Hole peaked at 7m during early Friday and now falling. The river is expected to fall below the minor flood level during this afternoon.

For next 24 hours, few showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the lower Ord River catchment. In the absence of significant rainfall river levels in the Ord River catchment are expected to remain below the minor flood levels.


Current river levels are available from the Department of Water at



• For SES assistance call 132 500

• In a life threatening situation call 000

• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit

• For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.


Call 1300 657 209, visit tor listen to news bulletins.





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