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Weather Warnings - Flooding Outlook Advice - Kimberley

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

A Commonwealth and State interagency partnership that provides
flood warning services for the community of Western Australia

Flood Watch for the Kimberley
Issued at 11:04 am WST on Wednesday 18 January 2017
Western Australia Flood Warning Centre


Renewed river rises and areas of flooding are expected in the Kimberley
District over the coming days.

A low pressure system will move into the North Interior on Wednesday,
increasing rainfall over the east of the State. Heavy rainfall associated with
the passage of the low pressure system is expected in the Kimberley District.

For the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals of 20 mm to 60
mm have been recorded in the Kimberley District, with isolated higher totals of
up to 100 mm observed in the vicinity of Kununurra.

For the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, widespread rainfall totals of 30 mm to 60 mm
are forecast for the central and eastern Kimberley, with isolated totals up to
100 mm expected.

Given the very wet condition of the Kimberley catchments, significant stream
rises and areas of flooding are likely to develop.

A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Fitzroy River.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Ord River
Pentecost River


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 www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

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

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood/

Weather Forecast:
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/

Next Issue:
The next flood watch for the Kimberley will be issued by 11:00 am WST Thursday
19 January 2017.

For information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit
www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
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