Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:59 am WST on Monday 31 January 2022 Flood Watch Number: 4

FLOODING IS OCCURRING IN THE KIMBERLEY AND POSSIBLE IN DESERT CATCHMENTS

A developing tropical low over the southeast Kimberley is moving west and will become slow-moving across the southern Kimberley or adjacent North Interior through Monday.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Monday rainfall totals of 50-120 mm with isolated totals in excess of 200 mm were recorded in the Kimberley catchments.

Daily rainfall totals of 100-180 mm with isolated totals up to 250 mm are expected across the Kimberley and northern Desert catchments during Monday and Tuesday.

Significant flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many secondary roads are now impassable and primary routes are affected as well in places and further impacts are expected in the coming days. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

A moderate flood warning for the Fitzroy River and a generalised flood warning for the West Kimberley District are current.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Kimberley Rivers

West Kimberley Rivers

Fitzroy River

Warburton District Rivers z

Western Desert

Sandy Desert

No additional flooding is expected in the East Kimberley Rivers and Sturt Creek District catchments. However flooding impacts may continue during the next few days.

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 https://www.emergency.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



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