Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.
Flood Watch for the De Grey, Salt Lakes District and Warburton District Rivers and the Western Desert

Issued at 11:37 am WST on Saturday 23 January 2021

Flood Watch Number: 3


A tropical low is located well inland near Telfer and moving in a southeasterly direction. The low is producing areas of heavy rainfall in advance of the low's centre. The low is expected to move over the Interior Districts during the weekend.

Daily rainfall totals of 25 to 50 mm with isolated falls to 100 mm possible. The heaviest rain will be well to the southeast of the low.

Heavy rainfall is expected to extend further southeast, towards the border on Sunday.

Flooding is occurring in the Upper De Grey catchment around Ripon Hills.

The forecast rainfall may cause areas of flooding across the Western Desert in Western Australia, Warburton District and Salt Lakes District Rivers from Sunday into Monday.

Heavy rainfall will impact secondary roads and may cause remote communities to become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
De Grey River

Warburton District Rivers

Salt Lakes District Rivers

Western Desert

Flood Warning has been issued for the Sandy Desert.

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit
Flood Safety Advice:

DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock. Watch water levels. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered. Do not drive into water of unknown depth and velocity.

Community information is available from DFES at

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at

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