A severe wet weather warning for Western Australia’s southwest has been lifted but people are being urged to steer clear of swollen creeks and rivers.
The warning, which had forecast falls up to 100 millimetres and strong winds in areas including Perth, was cancelled on Monday morning.
However, heavy rainfall and gusts in the region means travel on some roads could still be dangerous, the state’s Fire and Emergency Services Department (DFES) says.
“Motorists are reminded to obey all road closures and take care when travelling through the area,” DFES said in a statement.
“Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.”
Heavy rain and flooding caused extensive damage in WA’s north over the weekend, including to the Northwest Coastal Highway.
The state government will seek federal disaster relief to help fast-track road repairs.
Premier Mark McGowan said some closures were likely to remain for several weeks but authorities were already working to open the highway.
“Road building crews are ready to deploy as soon as flood levels recede sufficiently to make an on-the-ground assessment of the damage,” he said on Sunday.
Flood warnings are in place for river catchments across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Central West Districts, with residents urged to watch for fast-flowing and rising waters.
The wet weather follows a challenging week for WA, with parts of the state also enduring a five-day lockdown because of a coronavirus outbreak and bushfires in the Perth Hills.