Friday, February 7th, 2014

East Kimberley: New flood details

A relocation point will be set up at Kununurra Leisure Centre from 5:00 pm today.

DFESVery heavy rainfall has been recorded in the lower Ord catchment which is expected to lead to minor flooding.

Flooding in the King River is expected to be moderate to major, later today.

You can read DFES’ advice here:

Please note changes throughout. A relocation point will be opened at Kununurra Leisure Centre from 5pm today.

 

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

 

Date of issue: 3.50pm

 

Date of issue: 7 February 2014

 

Continue to take action now for moderate flooding in Kalumburu, Wyndham and Kununurra

in the Kimberley

 

People in Kalumburu, Wyndham and Kununurra and surrounding communities need to take action now as moderate flooding is expected today and tomorrow.

 

Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

 

WHAT TO DO:

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

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

• Ensure your relocation kit, including your emergency kit is complete.

• Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.

• Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.

• 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 stay out of the (example Gascoyne River), this includes no swimming or kayaking.

• 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.

• If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

RELOCATION POINT:

The Department for Child Protection and Family Suport has set up a relocation point at Kununurra Leisure Centre, 115 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra. The relocation point will be open at 5pm today, 7 Feburary 2014.

Be aware that only essential items can be taken into welfare centres alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads are closed including:

o Victoria Highway is closed 1 kilometre east of the Ausfuel BP Depot near Kununurra.

o Great Northern Highway is closed from Valentine Springs Estate west of Kununurra.

FLOOD DETAILS:

As at 2.10pm the Bureau of Meteorology advises very heavy rainfall recorded overnight Thursday and to 1pm today is expected to cause moderate flooding in lower areas of the Ord River catchment later today.

Moderate to major flooding is expected in the King River at Cockburn North later today, Friday.

Heavy rainfall up to 85mm has been recorded for the 4 hours to 1pm today at Kununurra.

For the 24 hour period to 9am Saturday, widespread rainfall of 75mm to 150mm with isolated heavier falls up to 200mm is forecast for the lower areas of the Ord River catchment.

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

WHAT SES/VES VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING:

SES/VES volunteers have received 15 calls for help from Kununurra to assist with flooding in businesses and homes.

A community at Emu Creek has been relcoated to Kununurra.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

o For SES assistance call 132 500

o In a life threatening situation call 000

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

KEEP UP TO DATE:

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

 

 

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