Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 3:20 pm EST on Tuesday 9 November 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY AROUND THE DARLING DOWNS AND GRANITE BELT REGION. WIDESPREAD MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTHERN INTERIOR.

A complex low pressure system is expected to develop over central Australia over the next few days, causing an outbreak of thunderstorms with heavy rainfall in southern Queensland which is expected to cause flooding impacts. The risk of heavy rainfall will gradually move eastward over this period.

Parts of the region are wet following recent rainfall with further showers and thunderstorms over the next few days expected to saturate most catchments.

Heavy rainfall is expected from late Wednesday with the heaviest rainfall expected across the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region on Thursday. Very intense rainfall rates are possible for some areas particularly in association with thunderstorms which is likely to cause localised flooding.

River level rises in the Granite Belt and Darling Downs region are expected from Wednesday with major flooding possible from Thursday. Widespread minor flooding is likely to begin across the remainder of the area from as early as Thursday with further rises expected in association with heavier areas of rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Condamine Rivers

Macintyre River

Weir River

Moonie River

Balonne River

Wallam and Mungallala Creeks

Warrego River (QLD)

Paroo River (QLD)

The Big Warrambool River

Bulloo River (QLD)

Barcoo River

Thomson River

Cooper Creek

Diamantina River

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

Simpson Desert

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood and cyclone products for Queensland.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts.

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/

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