Mandurah and Murray warned to prepare for flooding

People in Mandurah, the Murray River basin catchment including the Serpentine area, and the Harvey River catchment should prepare for possible minor flooding expected this evening and over the coming days.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO

DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.

IF DRIVING

Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.

Obey road closure signs and 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.

Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

ROAD CLOSURES

Some roads may be closed due to rising flood waters.  

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire. 

FLOOD DETAILS

As at 11am on Sunday, August 13, the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front is expected late Sunday evening over the southwest of the state.

A westerly flow with showers and fronts will continue during the new week over southern parts.

Recent rainfall over the past week has caused river rises in the Lower West District.

Further rainfall associated with the passage of the cold front on Sunday evening is expected to result in renewed river rises and areas of flooding, mainly in the southern half of the Lower West District.

Current river levels are available online from the Department of Water.  

For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

For SES assistance call 132 500  

In a life threatening situation call 000  

For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        

KEEP UP TO DATE  

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter and Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.