Community urged not to drive through floodwaters

People in Carnarvon and the Upper Gascoyne region are being urged to stay away from floodwaters as a tropical low moves south along the Western Australian coast.

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So far 38 people have been retrieved from floodwaters along the North West Coastal Highway and coastal campgrounds.

The 9-Mile Bridge in Carnarvon is expected to reach moderate levels of flooding, with it predicted to peak at 7.1 metres.

Due to flooding Carnarvon is currently isolated to access via roads, however the airport remains open to deliver essential supplies.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said it was important for travellers to be aware of road closures.

“I urge people not to risk their life and the lives of emergency services personnel by entering flood waters, and bypassing road closures,” Commissioner Klemm said.

“Driving through floodwaters is extremely dangerous - just 30cm of flowing water can take control of a four-wheel drive.

“State Emergency Service volunteers are on standby to respond to requests for assistance – however we ask the community to ensure they are prepared by watching flood levels so they are ready to evacuate if needed and have an emergency kit ready to go.”

Commissioner Klemm said it’s been an extremely busy week for emergency services, with over 800 emergency services personnel assisting each day to bring a massive bushfire burning north east of Perth under control.

“Firefighters and emergency services personnel have faced challenging conditions on the fire ground and have done a remarkable job battling this fire – it’s been a real team effort.

“My thoughts go out to those people who have lost their homes - this loss is felt strongly by the entire emergency services family, and we stand by you during this difficult time.

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