Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Flood Watch for the Top End
Issued at 10:59 am CST on Sunday 26 December 2021

Flood Watch Number: 3


A tropical low is located over land west of Batchelor and is moving slowly southeastwards across the Daly District. The monsoon trough extends eastwards across the northern Top End, with a strengthening monsoon flow bringing heavy rain over large parts of the Top End.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50-120 mm have been recorded in the flood watch area during the 48hrs to 9:00 am Sunday. Heavier rainfall totals have been recorded in coastal areas with 235 mm of rainfall recorded at Milingimbi during the 24hrs to 9:00 am Sunday.

Most of the Top End catchments have been wetting up from the recent showers and storms.

Daily rainfall totals over the Tiwi Islands, Daly District and northern Arnhem District on Sunday are expected to be 50-100mm, with scattered falls of 100-150mm, and isolated totals of 150-200mm, though more widespread about the coast. These falls are expected to extend throughout the Top End on Monday.

Significant rises in streams and creeks have been seen throughout the flood watch area from Sunday morning. Further rises are expected and many roads may become impassable and may isolate some communities and homesteads.

A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall is current for Daly, Tiwi, Arnhem and parts of Carpentaria districts.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Victoria River below Kalkarindji
Fitzmaurice River
Tiwi Islands
Mary River
Upper Adelaide River
Adelaide River below Adelaide River Town
Finniss River
Lower Daly River
Daly River above Douglas River
Katherine River
Moyle River
South Alligator River
Wildman River
Buckingham River
Goyder River
Blyth River
Liverpool River
Goomadeer River
East Alligator River
Koolatong River
Walker River
Groote Eylandt
Waterhouse River
Roper River
Towns River
Limmen Bight River
Rosie River
McArthur River
Robinson River
Calvert River

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Upper Victoria River.

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More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at .

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 .

The latest road conditions are available at .

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