Australia – Tropical Low Brings Widespread Flooding to Northern Parts of Western Australia

A slow moving tropical low caused widespread flooding and road closures in northern parts of Western Australia (WA), in particular the Gascoyne Region, from 05 February, 2021.

The low is expected to move quickly southwards during the weekend while remaining offshore of the West Coast. It is not forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued flood warnings for Midwest-Gascoyne on 05 February, in particular for areas of Geraldton, Kalbarri, Mullewa, Northampton, Overlander Roadhouse and Wooramel Roadhouse.

According to BoM figures, 176mm of rain fell in Carnarvon in 24 hours on 05 February. DFES said moderate flooding is occurring along the Gascoyne River to Jimba. The Gascoyne River at Jimba stood at 6.98 metres on 05 February, which is close to moderate flood stage. The Gascoyne River at Nine Mile Bridge, Carnarvon, reached 7.06 on 06 February, above moderate flood stage of 6.50 metres but well under major flood stage of 7.60 metres.

Local media reported dozens of people were rescued from the floods in the Gascoyne region, including some by helicopter. DFES said there had been 50 requests for assistance in the Carnarvon area. Some evacuations were carried out in Carnarvon. Premier Mark McGowan said the state would seek federal government support to assist the recovery.

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