Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:32 am WST on Monday 2 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 7

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

On Monday morning the centre of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 150km south southeast of Fitzroy Crossing, moving towards the east southeast at around 15 km/h. The low is expected to cross into the Northern Territory late tonight or early Tuesday morning. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall will continue, particularly close to the tropical low's centre.

Rainfall will continue in the Southern Kimberley and Northern Sandy Desert including the Gibson Desert during Monday.

Likely 24 hour rainfall totals of 100-200 mm with isolated falls up to 350 mm are possible in the Southern Kimberley and Northern Sandy Desert during Monday.

Specific warnings are current for the Ord River, North and West Kimberley District Rivers the Fitzroy River and the Sturt Creek District.

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:
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

Rainfall and River Conditions Map