NT Flood Watch: Barkly, Georgina River, MacDonnell Ranges and Simpson Desert


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:05 am CST on Tuesday 28 January 2020 Flood Watch Number: 7

Renewed flooding expected from further rainfall mid week..

A tropical low currently stationed in the Gulf Country of Queensland is expected to move back towards the central districts of the Northern Territory from tomorrow afternoon. The tropical low is then expected to move through southern parts of the Northern Territory before heading south from Friday morning.

Rainfall totals of 150 - 200 mm over the past week have increased soil moisture in many areas, particularly the upper Georgina River. Whilst the Barkly has seen moderate rainfall so far, soil moisture has increased and further rainfall is expected to cause runoff.

Rainfall in the upper Georgina River and southern Barkly is expected to bring daily totals of 20 - 60 mm into Thursday. Daily rainfall totals of 20 - 40 mm are expected in many areas of the MacDonnell Ranges and northern Simpson Desert into Friday.

Many rivers have risen and roads including major highways have been inundated.
Areas of inundation are expected to continue this week with renewed river rises from Thursday. Road conditions in many areas are expected to worsen and some communities may become inaccessible.

Catchments likely to be affected include:


Central Desert

Simpson Desert

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

See www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings to view all of the Bureau's current warning products.

More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml .

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 www.securent.nt.gov.au .

The latest road conditions are available at www.roadreport.nt.gov.au .

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