Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:39 pm WST on Sunday 7 February 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING MAY DEVELOP IN THE EAST KIMBERLEY AND SANDY DESERT CATCHMENTS FROM TUESDAY.

A tropical low near the Gulf of Carpentaria is expected to move across the Northern Territory during Monday and cross into Western Australia around Lake Argyle during Tuesday.

During Tuesday rainfall of 50 to 100mm with isolated falls to 200mm are expected to develop around Halls Creek. Surrounding areas from Kununurra to Fitzroy Crossing to Balgo Hills are like to receive falls of 30-50mm with isolated totals to 100mm

As the low moves further into WA on Wednesday heavy rain of 40-90mm with isolated totals up to 200mm are forecast to persist around Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing. Surrounding areas from Kununurra to Newman to Warburton may receive falls of 20-40mm with isolated rainfall totals up to 80mm.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and renewed river rises are expected to develop from Tuesday onwards. Many roads, and possibly primary highways may be affected during the week. Some communities and homesteads may become or remain isolated.

A Flood Warning is current for the Fitzroy River, renewed river rises in upstream areas are likely.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

East Kimberley Rivers

Sandy Desert

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
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 www.dfes.wa.gov.au

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au

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