“For everyone across Western Australia at this time, please take care of your family members,” Mr Dawson said.
The Australian Defense Force is also working to support cities across the region where record-breaking floods are ongoing.
Flooding in Willare and Pandanus Park is expected to peak over the next 24 hours as water flows west but rainwater over the catchment subsides.
Meanwhile, concerns about flooding in the Top End have eased as the intensity of ex-tropical cyclone Ellie has finally eased over the southwestern Northern Territory.
A number of previous severe weather warnings for outlying communities in Simpson, Lasseter and Tanami districts were lifted by authorities on Sunday morning.
The region had braced itself for the impact as Ellie moved back into the NT after wreaking havoc across Western Australia.
“Ex-tropical Cyclone Ellie has finally weakened over the southwestern parts of the NT,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
“Severe weather no longer occurs in the Northern Territory. Thunderstorm activity in the Simpson District during today is likely to bring isolated heavy rain in which case a Heavy Thunderstorm Warning will be issued.”
While the immediate threat has passed, the situation will continue to be monitored.
Queensland authorities say severe thunderstorms and heavy rain are possible in the north and west of the state on Sunday.
The communities of Palmerville, Georgetown, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Urandangi and Boulia are all in the line of fire.
Residents in far western NSW are also being warned that the Darling River is yet to peak.
The town of Menindee has already been flooded, but the river could rise to more than 10.7 meters in the coming days, surpassing the 1976 record.
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