Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:45 am CST on Saturday 6 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 2

FLOODING LIKELY FOR CARPENTARIA COASTAL CATCHMENTS FROM SUNDAY THEN EXTENDING WEST.

A tropical low located over the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria is expected to cross the coast between Ngukurr and the Queensland border overnight or on Sunday morning. It is then expected to move across the Carpentaria District during Sunday and the Gregory District during Monday.

Many areas of the Carpentaria coast, Barkly and Victoria River are reasonably wet from rainfall during the wet season to date although most of this was from early season falls.

Widespread falls of 50 to 100mm and isolated falls of 100-200mm closer to the low are expected throughout the Carpentaria Coastal Rivers during Saturday into Sunday. Rainfall is also expected to extend into the northern Barkly today with widespread falls of 50 - 80mm likely and isolated falls to 150mm possible.
Heavy rainfall is expected to extend into the Upper Victoria River from Sunday night with widespread falls of 50-100 mm and isolated falls of 100-150mm.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and significant river rises are likely in the flood watch area from Sunday. Many roads, and possibly major highways are also expected to be affected into early next week. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Upper Victoria River

Victoria River below Kalkarindji

Groote Eylandt

Waterhouse River

Roper River

Towns River

Limmen Bight River

Rosie River

McArthur River

Robinson River

Calvert River

Settlement Creek

Nicholson River

Barkly

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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