FLOODED ROADS: Road closures in the Kimberley

RAINFALL in the west Kimberley has resulted in river rises and areas of flooding, which has adversely affected road conditions, says Main Roads Western Australia. 

Localised flooding has occurred on the highway network in the west Kimberley and sections of road are still inundated or have been damaged, which are hazardous to motorists.

Emergency repairs are currently in progress at various locations however the Great Northern Highway is now open with restrictions. 

Motorists are advised to exercise caution where water is encountered over the road and reduce speeds at all roadwork sites and sections of road damage.

AFFECTED ROADS 

Gibb River Road

  • Bungarun Road turnoff at Mt Barnett is closed, due to flooding. 
  • Mt Barnett to Pentecost River is closed, due to flooding. 
  • Pentecost Highway to Great Northern Highyway is closed, due to flooding. 

Great Northern Highway

  • Sandfire Roadhouse to Roebuck Roadhouse is open only to high clearance vehicles and trucks only with extreme caution. There is water over the road, be aware of scouring and pavement damage. The floodways are approximately 400 to 520mm deep. 
  • Roebuck Roadhouse to Willare Roadhouse is open only to high clearance vehicles and trucks only with extreme caution. There is water over the road, be aware of scouring and pavement damage.
  • 7km south east off Derby Highway turnoff to Fitzroy Crossing is open with caution. There is some pavement damage. 

Port Drive 

  • Archer St to Kabbarli Rd is open with caution. There is water over the road. 

If you need to drive consider the following:

Be alert and watch for hazards on the road including stray cattle and debris.

Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.

Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.

Be patient and give way - do not enter a floodway when another vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction -  their bow wave may swamp your vehicle.

Exercise caution in flooded areas and take care when driving on gravel roads. Surfaces may be slippery or muddy and vehicles could become bogged.

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