South West told to take for severe weather

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has warned residents to take action with severe weather coming in parts of the South West and Great Southern. 

If you live in parts of the Lower West and Great Southern districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come. 

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous. 

The Bureau of Meteorology have advised a slow moving low pressure system currently lies over northwestern parts of the Great Southern. At 1:20pm radar imagery showed extensive areas of rain over the warning area. Heavy rainfall which may cause flash flooding is possible this afternoon and evening before beginning to ease during Thursday evening as the low begins to move further to the north.

WHAT TO DO: 

DFES advises you to:

If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.

Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.

Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.

If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.

If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

IF DRIVING:

Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.

Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.

If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is monitoring the situation.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500

In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.  

This story Severe weather warning for South West first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.