Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:52 am WST on Sunday 30 January 2022

Flood Watch Number: 3

FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN THE KIMBERLEY AND DESERT CATCHMENTS

A developing Tropical Low is expected to move into the southeast Kimberley across the WA/NT border on Sunday and become slow moving over the southern Kimberley or adjacent North Interior on Monday before moving further west middle of next week bringing widespread heavy rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Sunday rainfall totals of 30-70 mm were recorded in the Kimberley catchments.

Rainfall totals forecast for the remainder of Sunday will range from 50 to 100 mm with isolated totals up to 150 mm in the West Kimberley and Fitzroy River catchments.

Rainfall totals of 100-180 mm with isolated totals up to 250 mm are expected on Monday across the Kimberley and northern Desert catchments.

Flooding in low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly main highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

A moderate flood warning for the Fitzroy River and a generalised flood warning for the West Kimberley District are current.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

East Kimberley Rivers
North Kimberley Rivers
West Kimberley Rivers
Fitzroy River
Warburton District Rivers
Sturt Creek District
Western Desert
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 https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au/maps-and-data/monitoring/river-level-monitoring

Rainfall and River Conditions Map