Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Cape Leveque: Prepare for flooding

DFES urges people in Cape Leveque and remote West Kimberley communities to expect flooding tomorrow and Monday.

DFESYou can read the alert here:

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

 

Time of issue: 11.15am

Date of issue: 8 February 2014

 

Prepare for flooding in Cape Leveque in the West Kimberley

 

People in Cape Leveque and remote communities in the West Kimberley should prepare for possible flooding expected during Sunday and into Monday.

 

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

WHAT TO DO:

DFES State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:

 

Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.

Fill your vehicle’s fuel tank.

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

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

If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.

 

IF DRIVING:

 

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.

Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

 

No roads are closed.

 

FLOOD DETAILS:

As at 10:16 am on Saturday 8 February 2014 the Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall of 100mm to 200mm is forecast for 24 hours period to 9am Sunday in the West Kimberley coastal area with isolated heavier falls up to 300mm.

 

Significant river rises and widespread flooding is expected in the the Lennard, Isdell and Price Regent Rivers in the West Kimberley including the Cape Leveque area during Sunday and into Monday.

 

Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au.

 

WHAT SES VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING:

 

SES volunteers are on stand by.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

 

For SES assistance call 132 500.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.

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

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au , follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

 

ENDS

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