Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:55 am WST on Sunday 1 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 6

Heavy rainfall and areas of localised flooding is now occurring in the Kimberley District.

On Sunday morning the centre of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther, now a tropical low, was located 180km east of Broome, moving towards the south southeast about 5 km/h. The tropical low is expected to move in a southeasterly direction during Sunday. The tropical low will likely track east south east over the Southern Kimberley and Northern Sandy Desert District during Sunday and into Monday.

Rainfall will continue in the North West and Western Kimberley during Sunday.

Likely 24 hour rainfall totals of 100-200 mm with isolated falls up to 350 mm are possible in the North West and West Kimberley during Sunday.

Forecast rainfall for the Fitzroy River is 24 hour rainfall totals of 100-200mm with isolated falls of 350mm.

Specific warnings are current for the Ord River, North Kimberley and Fitzroy rivers.

Forecast and observed rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, areas of flooding and adversely impact road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and communities linked by roads may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

West Kimberley Rivers
Fitzroy River
Sturt Creek District
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

Rainfall and River Conditions Map