Minor flooding in parts of the Pilbara

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Coongan River crossing near Doolena Gorge on Marble Bar road.
Camera IconCoongan River crossing near Doolena Gorge on Marble Bar road. Credit: Brett Harding/ Facebook

People in parts of East Pilbara are being warned to prepare for minor flooding and increased water levels throughout the week.

The Department of Fire and Emergency services yesterday issued a warning for people in the De Grey river catchment as well as Marble Bar and Nullagine.

Main Roads advised people to use Nanutarra Munjina road between Paraburdoo-Tom Price road intersection to Auski Roadhouse with extreme caution due to very wet conditions.

Marble bar road between Shaw River and Abydos intersection is closed until further notice and only open to 4WD and trucks.

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Marble Bar to Nullagine is also closed to all traffic between Nullagine and Roy Hill village access.

There is currently no detour available between Marble Bar through to Telfer turnoff on Ripon Hills Road.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Daniel Hayes said the minor flooding at Marble Bar crossing was expected to continue through to tomorrow.

He said weekly rainfall figures were 112 mm at Marble bar, and if rainfall increased between 30 and 40 mm the flooding could continue throughout the week.

He said while Port Hedland might experience a shower or two over the next few days, most of the activity would come from Inland parts of the Pilbara.

DFES advised people to watch for changes in water levels, stay out of rivers and floodwaters, and relocate equipment and livestock.

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