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Flood warnings for parts of Kimberley

AAP logoAAP 25/12/2016

Residents in parts of Western Australia's Kimberley region have been warned to prepare for flooding and possible evacuation of their homes.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued an alert late on Sunday night for people in the vicinity of Fitzroy River to Fitzroy crossing to take action as moderate flooding was forecast through Monday.

Flooding was also expected in other parts of the Fitzroy River catchment as well as in the Interior and West and North Kimberley Districts, including Prince Regent River, Isdell River, Lennard River, Cape Leveque Coast, Pentecost River, Drysdale River, King Edward River catchments..

The DFES said water would be fast flowing and levels would rise quickly so residents should watch water levels, be ready to evacuate and have relocation and emergency kits ready.

It warned residents to steer clear of floodwaters and avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines and not to drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Roads closed include the Gibb River Road from Blina turnoff to Great Northern Highway, the Cape Leveque Road and the Great Northern Highway between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.

The Bureau of Meteorology said ex-Tropical Cyclone Yvette weakened rapidly while crossing the west Kimberley coast on Sunday morning and a monsoon was active over the west Kimberley, with heavy rainfall possible.

It said a tropical low was over eastern parts of the Interior and would track southeast and cross into South Australia by Monday morning.

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