Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.
Flood Watch for the Pilbara, Gascoyne District and Salt Lakes Districts

Issued at 10:59 am WST on Sunday 9 February 2020

Flood Watch Number: 5

Rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to impact rivers in the Pilbara and Gascoyne districts during Sunday into Monday.

Tropical Cyclone Damien a weakening system will move through the central Pilbara and into the Gascoyne during Sunday. The system will then move into the north western part of the Salt Lakes District Rivers during Monday.

The cyclone will degrade to a tropical low during Sunday.

Flood warnings are now current for Pilbara Coastal Rivers, Fortescue River and the Ashburton River.

Rainfall totals for the 48 hours to 9am Sunday include:

248 mm Gregory Gorge

236 mm Upper Portland

236 mm Karratha

235 mm Roebourne

235 mm Boolgeeda

228 mm Paraburdoo

105 mm Port headland

Heavy rainfall is likely over the Ashburton, middle to Upper Gascoyne and upper Murchison during Sunday into Monday. Forecast totals for the next 48 hours are likely to range from over 200 mm with isolated higher totals possible closest to the cyclone/tropical low path to 100 mm or less more distant from the cyclone.

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:
De Grey River

Onslow Coast

Gascoyne River

Murchison River

Salt Lakes District Rivers

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