Pilbara region cops a downpour as tropical low unloads on Western Australia

Article from: AAP

March 01, 2009 01:26pm

A TROPICAL low has crossed the Pilbara coast, bringing up to 110mm of rain in some areas, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Flood warnings were in place for Pilbara coastal streams and the De Grey River catchment at 10am (WDT) today, after between 70 and 110mm of rain was recorded overnight.

"We are locked in for a few days," Colin Brierly, the station owner at Indee, 50km south of Port Hedland, said today.

"Steady rain - it wasn't heavy really, but it just kept raining, and I think we had 112mm.

"We're sort of in between the two Turners (the East Turner tributary and the Turner River), so we're just going to wait for the Turners to go down."

The Turner River at Pincunah was at 1.32m and steady and the Yule River at Jelliabidina was at 0.15m and steady at 9am (WDT) today, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

A flood watch is in place for the Gascoyne and Goldfields district and residents of the Pilbara, Gascoyne River catchment and the Goldfields are advised to put petrol in their cars and move livestock.

The Fire and Emergency Service on Sunday issued a warning about the dangers of diving or playing in floodwaters.

A flood warning for the Ashburton River catchment has been cancelled.

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