DFES advises Pinjarra, Ravenswood residents to take care following floods

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has asked Pinjarra and Ravenswood residents living near the Murray River catchment to take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams.

While the Murray River is expected to remain below the minor flood class levels at Pinjarra and Ravenswood, unusual currents and fast flowing water may be hazardous to river users.

There is no widespread flooding expected in the area.

Murray River is currently at 1.89 metres and steady in Pinjarra, and 0.16 in Ravenswood.

Residents are advised to:

  • Watch for changes in water levels.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines.
  • Take care near rivers and streams, this includes when swimming or kayaking, as waters are moving quickly.

Motorists are advised to be careful at river crossings as river levels may rise rapidly, to obey road closure signs, to avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current, and to take care on gravel and unsealed roads.

For more information go to emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins.