A severe weather warning has been issued for Mandurah along with other areas across Western Australia.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has advised residents to take action in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West and Lower South West.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
- If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
- Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
- If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
- If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
- Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
- Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
- Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
- If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
- Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
- People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
- Some roads may be closed
- Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
- Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than eight calls for help since yesterday.
- Requests for Assistance have been made in the Perth Metropolitan and Great Southern districts
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.