Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:38 am WST on Monday 10 February 2020 Flood Watch Number: 6

Rainfall from ex Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to impact rivers in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Salt Lakes Rivers Districts during Monday.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Damien will move through the eastern Gascoyne on Monday bringing areas of rain to the Murchison and Goldfields during Tuesday.

Flood warnings are now current for the Fortescue and the Ashburton Rivers.

Rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am Monday include:

139.0 mm Mount Vernon
35.4 mm Minner
27.0 mm Paraburdoo Airport
56.8 mm Barimunya
45.0 mm Newman
88.4 mm Degrussa Aerodrome
31.6 mm Cunyu

Areas of rain and thunderstorms with heavy falls are possible over the eastern Gascoyne and the northern western areas of the Salt Lake District Rivers .
Forecast rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday over the upper Gascoyne District and the North West corner of the Salt Lakes District Rivers is likely to be 50mm to 100 mm with isolated totals up to 170mm possible.

Forecast rainfall is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Gascoyne River

Murchison River

Salt Lakes District Rivers

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments. De Grey River, Onslow Coast.

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit

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

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map