Weather Warnings - Flood Warning for WA

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia
This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.

Initial Flood Watch For The Fitzroy, Warburton, West, North And East Kimberley Rivers
Issued at 10:59 AM WST on Friday 28 January 2022
Flood Watch Number: 1
FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE FITZROY, WARBURTON, WEST, NORTH AND EAST KIMBERLEY RIVER CATCHMENTS.

A monsoon trough located over the Kimberley is expected to become more active this weekend. A Tropical Low may begin to move over the Kimberley during the weekend.
In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Friday rainfall totals between 30 - 110 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments.
Rainfall totals forecast for the remainder of Friday into Saturday will range 20-60 mm with isolated totals up to 100 mm in the West Kimberley and Fitzroy River catchments. Totals of 50-100 mm with isolated totals up to 150 mm expected on Sunday.
Flooding in low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly main highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
East Kimberley Rivers
North Kimberley Rivers
West Kimberley Rivers
Fitzroy River
Warburton District Rivers

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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:
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
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/}

Next issue:
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11:00 am WST on Saturday 29 January 2022.

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