Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:58 am CST on Friday 28 February 2020 Flood Watch Number: 8

FLOODING EXPECTED TO EASE ON CARPENTARIA COAST.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is expected to continue moving towards the west across the Kimberley as a deep tropical low.

Many parts of the Carpentaria coast have received 250 - 300 mm over 72 hours earlier this week and stream and river levels are now starting to ease. Many parts of the Bonaparte and North West Coastal Rivers received 150 - 200 mm in the past 48 hours with many streams and creeks still rising.

Further daily rainfall totals of 50 - 100 mm and isolated falls to 150 mm are expected throughout the Bonaparte and North West Coastal Rivers into tomorrow before easing on the weekend.

Flooding is expected to continue easing along the Carpentaria coast although road conditions may continue to be affected for a while. Rivers and streams can be expected to continue rising in many parts of the Bonaparte and North Western Coastal Rivers over the weekend. Widespread disruption to roads can be expected with major transport routes possibly impacted as well. Some communities and homesteads may become or remain isolated.

A minor flood warning for the McArthur River is current.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Victoria River below Kalkarindji

Fitzmaurice River

Lower Daly River

Daly River above Douglas River

Moyle River

See www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings to view all of the Bureau's current warning products.

More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml .

Flood Safety Advice:
The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Prepare for flooding and move away while safe to do so.
* Don't drive into floodwaters.

For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.

Emergency information is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au .

The latest road conditions are available at www.roadreport.nt.gov.au .


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