Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.
Flood Watch for the North East Pastoral District of South Australia

Issued at 9:52 am CDT on Wednesday 4 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 3

Flooding is likely across the far northeast of SA during Wednesday and Thursday.

Ex-tropical Cyclone Esther which is centred over central parts of the NT at 9 am Wednesday, will move southeastwards and is likely be centred just north of the northeast corner of SA late Wednesday evening.

Since 9 am Tuesday, in western NSW, Fowlers Gap has received 120.8 mm and in southwest Queensland, Birdsville has received 66.2 mm.

The heaviest rain is expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening, though local heavy falls are expected anytime. Rainfall totals of 15 to 50 mm are expected northeast of about Oodnadatta to Broken Hill, increasing to 50 to 100 mm to the northeast of about Moomba and reaching 100-150 mm in the far northeast corner. The exact location of the higher rainfall totals is still highly dependent on the movement of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther.

Flooding is likely across the far northeast of SA on Wednesday and Thursday. Roads and crossings may be affected and some streams and creeks could break their banks in the area.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Simpson Desert

Diamantina River

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

Warburton River

Cooper Creek

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Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

For flood emergency assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

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

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