Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:21 am WST on Friday 27 May 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE PILBARA COAST RIVERS FROM SATURDAY

A trough is expected to develop over western parts of the Pilbara from today as a cloud band thickens across the northwest of WA.

Catchments in the Pilbara Coast are moderately wet from recent rainfall.

Heavy rainfall is forecast over Pilbara Coast from Saturday. Rainfall totals of
30 - 60 mm with isolated up to 80 mm are forecast over the Flood Watch area for Saturday. Further rainfall totals of 50 - 90 mm with isolated totals up to
120 mm are possible on Sunday.

Flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly primary and secondary highways, may be affected. Some communities may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

De Grey River

Pilbara Coastal Rivers

Fortescue River

Onslow Coast

Ashburton River

Lyndon-Minilya Rivers

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

Next issue:
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11:00 am WST on Saturday 28 May 2022.


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