Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:39 am WST on Wednesday 8 August 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Flood Watch Number: 1

Areas of flooding may develop along rivers in the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts during Thursday into Friday.

A ridge over central parts of the State will weaken today as a strong cold front approaches and will move over the southwest of the State this evening before passing over the South West Land Division during Thursday.

Catchment conditions in the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts are wet from rainfall over the past few weeks, streams and rivers are flowing.

For the 48 hours to 9 am Thursday rainfall totals of 20 to 45 mm are forecast across the Central West, Lower West, Central Wheat Belt and South West Districts from Jurien Bay, extending south to Albany.

Some isolated falls of 50 mm are possible.

The forecast rainfall combined with current catchment conditions may cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding possible along watercourses in the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts from Thursday.

The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings if required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Moore and Hill Rivers
Avon River
Swan River
Murray River
Harvey River
Collie River
Preston River
Blackwood River
Busselton Coastal Rivers
South West District Rivers

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

Flood Safety Advice:
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 velocity.

Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au

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