Weather Warnings - Flood Warning - Gulf Rivers

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland

Major Flood Warning for the lower Flinders River and Moderate Flood Warning for
the Norman River

Issued at 8:54 am EST on Sunday 17 February 2019
Flood Warning Number: 40

Floodwaters across the lower Flinders River have continued to very slowly ease,
based on satellite imagery. Major flooding will continue along parts of the
lower reaches of the Flinders River during Sunday and into next week.

The Flinders River has experienced its most significant flood in at least the
last 50 years. Record floodwaters in places has also broken out into adjacent
catchments.

It is recommended to look at satellite imagery (http://satview.bom.gov.au) to
appreciate the full extent of the flooding in and around the Flinders River
area, particularly the lower reaches of the Flinders River which extend into
the neighbouring catchment area of the Norman River.

No further significant rainfall is expected, however a chance of a thunderstorm
remains over the next few days.

Many automatic gauges across the Gulf Rivers catchments have returned to
service following a data outage a week ago. However, the data continues to be
intermittent and some gauges are yet to return data.

Flinders River downstream of Richmond:
Flood levels downstream of Richmond continue to very slowly ease, but will
generally remain high into next week. Floodwaters are contracting across the
floodplain, particularly in the area between Etta Plains and Canobie through to
Walkers Bend.

Record major flood levels are expected to have commenced to very slowly ease at
Walkers Bend. However no further data is available from this gauge. The
Flinders River at Walkers Bend will remain above the major flood level (5.60 m)
for the remainder of the weekend and into next week.

Norman River:
Moderate flood levels on the Norman River between Yappar River and Normanton
are very slowly easing.

The Norman River at Normanton peaked at about 4.91 metres around 06:00 pm
Wednesday 13 February and is currently at 4.53 metres (moderate flood) and
falling very slowly. The river level is expected to remain above the moderate
flood level (4.00 m) throughout the remainder of the weekend and into next week.

Flood Safety Advice:
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

Next issue:
The next warning will be issued by 09:00 am EST on Monday 18 February 2019.

Latest River Heights:
Flinders R at Hulberts Bridge TM, 2.26, Steady, 07:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Flinders R at Punchbowl TM, 2.85, Falling, 08:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Flinders R at Etta Plains TM, 9.24, Falling, 08:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Cloncurry R at Cloncurry TM, 1.24, Steady, 08:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Julia Ck at Julia Ck TM, 1.16, Steady, 08:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Flinders River at Donors Hill, 9.90, Falling, 09:00 AM SAT 16/02/19
Norman R d/s Yappar R Junction TM, 3.67, Steady, 06:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Norman R at Glenore Weir TM, 13.06, Steady, 08:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Norman R at Normanton TM, 4.53, Falling, 06:00 AM SUN 17/02/19
Karumba Tide TM, 2.68, Steady, 07:54 AM SUN 17/02/19

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219. Warning, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood. The latest weather
forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.

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