Flood warning for South West

AFTER heavy rains in the last 24 hours, with more forecast for the South West, the State Emergency Service is urging people to be on alert.

The Busselton Airport weather site has recorded nearly 45mm of rain since 3pm yesterday, and the SES said residents should prepare for possible minor flooding today and tomorrow.  

They said there is no immediate danger, but residents need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.  

WHAT TO DO: 

The DFES State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to: 

Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.

Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.

With water moving quickly people need to stay out of the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments, this includes no swimming or kayaking.

If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.

IF DRIVING:  

Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.

Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.

FLOOD DETAILS:

As at 9.15am on 7 August 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a Flood Watch for the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments.  

Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall of 50 to 80 millimetres with isolated heavier rainfall has been recorded within catchments between Cape Naturaliste and Mandurah during the past 48 hours to 9am today. 

Rainfall during the next 24 hours is expected to be about 30 millimetres with possible heavier falls.

Further stream rises and localised flooding will continue with possible minor flooding.

www.water.wa.gov.au  

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

For SES assistance call 132 500 

In a life threatening situation call 000 

www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood

For information about road conditions and closures contact the local shire or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

KEEP UP TO DATE:  

www.dfes.wa.gov.au 

www.dfes.wa.gov.au

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