Re­gion awash with rain­fall

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Pil­bara is get­ting a wellde­served drink af­ter record-break­ing rains have caused flood­ing across the State.

The min­ing town of Telfer, 466km South East of Port Hed­land in the Great Sandy Desert, and known as the State’s most iso­lated town, re­ceived nearly 100mm in less than three hours last week as storms rum­bled over the Pil­bara.

The lat­est Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy sta­tis­tics showed the re­cent rains brought the min­ing town’s to­tal rain­fall for the month up to 306mm, al­most dou­ble the pre­vi­ous Jan­uary record of 173mm, set in 2013.

It wasn’t just Telfer re­ceiv­ing all the rain, how­ever, as flood warn­ings for the De Grey River Catch­ment were an­nounced for the Pil­bara area dur­ing the later half of last week.

River lev­els above the mi­nor flood level will con­tinue into the week af­ter iso­lated heavy falls of up to 55mm were recorded in the De Grey River Catch­ment.

Oakover River, Nul­lagine River, Coon­gan River and De Grey River are part of the catch­ment which re­ceived flood warn­ings over the week­end and the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices is­sued mul­ti­ple alerts for com­mu­ni­ties to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

Visit BOM.gov.au for up-to-date weather warn­ings.

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