A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry.
Flooding can cover hundreds of square kilometres and last weeks, sometime 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.
Know the risks of driving through floodwater
Driving on roads during or after a flood is extremely dangerous.
Roads and bridges can be severely damaged by the power of floodwaters. People have been seriously injured from debris, drowned after being trapped in their vehicle or washed away in fast flowing water.
If you think your car is strong enough to make it through the floodwater, think again.
Floodwaters can take control of a 4WD in just 30cm of flowing water. For smaller cars, it is only 15cm. That’s the size of an average pen! Find out more about your vehicles ‘float point’.
You can easily avoid these dangers.
If a road is closed, it means closed. Always obey road closures and check road conditions if there are no signs around.
Rising floodwaters can stall your car and disable electric windows or locks, potentially trapping you in your vehicle.
Animals that may pose a threat could be hidden under the water, including snakes and in some areas crocodiles.
A small 4WD can float in just 30cm of water, which is about the size of your steering wheel.
A seemingly calm surface can mask a fast-moving body of water below, powerful enough to float your vehicle.
Rubbish, rocks, tree branches, and many other sharp objects can hide under a smooth surface.
Floodwaters often contain sewage and bacteria! These harmful contaminants can cause serious illness or death.
Did you know? Nine out of 10 floodwater deaths on WA roads involves a local resident. No matter how well you know the roads, if a road is flooded forget it.
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.