Weather Warnings - Flood Warning for the Ord River Catchment
A Commonwealth and State interagency partnership that provides
flood warning services for the community of Western Australia
Flood Warning for the Ord River Catchment
Issued at 10:19 am WST on Monday 19 January 2015
Western Australia Flood Warning Centre
Based on recorded and forecast rainfall, significant stream rises with areas of
flooding are expected to develop in the Ord River catchment during Monday and
Rainfall recorded for the 24 hours to 9am Monday in the Ord river catchment
include 190mm at Warmun, 85mm at Halls Creek Airport, 82mm at Bedford Downs
Airstrip, 56mm at Elgee Cliffs and 54mm at Argyle Airport. For the 24 hours to
9am Tuesday, widespread rainfall of 10mm to 20mm with isolated falls of 30mm
are forecast for the Ord river catchment.
A tropical low may move offshore from the west Kimberley coast later today.
Once over open water, the tropical low may develop into a tropical cyclone this
evening or overnight. A Tropical Cyclone Advice is current. Please refer to the
latest Tropical Cyclone Advice for more details -
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
Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at
This warning is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood/
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/
The next flood warning for the Ord River catchment will be issued by 5pm Monday.
Latest River Heights:
Ord River at Bedford Downs 4.8m falling 09:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Fletcher Ck Trip at Frog Hollow 0.28m steady 08:55 AM MON 19/01/15
Ord River at Old Ord Homestead 4.94m rising 09:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Negri River at Mistake Ck Homestead 2.09m steady 09:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Wilson River at Odonnell River 2.95m steady 09:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Dunham River at Dunham Gorge 1.52m rising 08:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Dunham River at Flying Fox Hole 2.31m steady 08:55 AM MON 19/01/15
Ord River at Tarrara Bar 2.08m steady 08:00 AM MON 19/01/15
King River at Cockburn North 0.84m steady 09:00 AM MON 19/01/15
Information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA Customer Contact Centre on
138 138 or at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
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Storm-weary parts of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales are preparing for another bout of wild weather today.