A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry.
Flooding can cover hundreds of square kilometres and last weeks, sometimes months.
In a flood, you and your family could be stranded and put in danger. Some remote areas could be isolated for months.
Did you know? More people die from drowning in floodwaters following a cyclone, than in the cyclone itself.
Floodwaters are very dangerous. Water can be deep, fast flowing with strong currents and have sharp objects that can injure or trap you. Floodwaters can also contain toxic waste, chemicals and dangerous animals.
Not only can floodwater endanger human life, it can also damage infrastructure such as buildings, bridges and roads.
Most flood related deaths have occurred when people have attempted to drive through, walk, swim or play in floodwater. People have been seriously injured from debris or have drowned after being trapped in their vehicle or washed away in fast flowing water.
People who have taken action to be prepared for a flood before it happens are more likely to keep themselves, their families, their pets and their properties safe during a flood. Find out how to prepare for a flood.
Never try to drive or walk through a flood.
If you choose to drive through floodwater, you are choosing to risk your life and those of your passengers.
Find out more about travelling during a flood.
It’s important you know how to access different information sources to stay up to date when travelling in WA because there may not be reliable telecommunications in remote areas.
Radio tends to be a reliable source of information during outages, so ensure you have a battery-operated radio.