Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Initial Flood Watch for Gulf of Carpentaria catchments between Burketown and Kowanyama

Issued at 3:00 pm EST on Thursday 18 February 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

Flooding is likely across parts of the Flood Watch area.

Heavy rainfall associated with a deepening trough with embedded lows developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria, will affect the Flood Watch area for the next few days.

Areas of heavy rainfall has fallen intermittently over the Flood Watch area over the last few days. In the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, scattered rainfall up to 40 mm has been recorded in parts of the Flood Watch area. Catchments are wetting up and rivers will tend to respond more quickly to further rainfall.

Daily rainfall totals up to 100 mm are likely between Friday and Sunday, with locally heavier falls up to 150 mm possible particularly adjacent to the coast. This rain may result in localised flash flooding.

Riverine flooding is likely within the Flood Watch area.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes are likely within the Flood Watch area over the next few days.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Upper Flinders River

Lower Flinders River

Cloncurry River

Norman River

Gilbert River

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For more information on the Flood Watch Service:
Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map