Weather Warnings - Flooding Outlook Advice - Pilbara
A Commonwealth and State interagency partnership that provides
flood warning services for the community of Western Australia
Flood Watch for the Pilbara District
Issued at 11:03 am WST on Tuesday 26 May 2015
Western Australia Flood Warning Centre
Flood threat is easing in the Pilbara District Tuesday and Wednesday
Over the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday recorded rainfall totals over the Pilbara
region have generally ranged from 2 mm to 10 mm with higher totals of 31 mm at
Newman Airport in the Upper Fortescue River. River rises have been recorded on
the Lower Ashburton River, Fortescue River and De Grey River although all river
measurement sites have remained below minor flooding levels. Local flooding of
roads in the De Grey River catchment were reported on Monday.
The slow moving rain band will continue to bring moderate rainfall over the
Pilbara region from Tuesday continuing possibly through Thursday. During this
period daily rainfall totals of 0 to 20 mm are expected with isolated falls of
40 mm. The threat of riverine flooding is easing although local flooding is
still possible. This would be caused by thunderstorms passing over areas which
have received substantial rainfall in recent days, such as the Fortescue and De
Grey River catchments.
The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment
specific warnings if required.
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
Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at
This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood
For the latest weather forecasts see www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts
Unless updated because of a change in conditions, this flood watch will expire
at 11 AM WST Wednesday 27 May 2015
Information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit
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