Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Flood Watch Kimberley

Issued at 11:04 AM WST on Wednesday 18 Jan 2017.

Flood Watch for the Kimberley

Renewed river rises and areas of flooding are expected in the Kimberley District over the coming days.
A low pressure system will move into the North Interior on Wednesday, increasing rainfall over the east of the State. Heavy rainfall associated with the passage of the low pressure system is expected in the Kimberley District.
For the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals of 20 mm to 60 mm have been recorded in the Kimberley District, with isolated higher totals of up to 100 mm observed in the vicinity of Kununurra.
For the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, widespread rainfall totals of 30 mm to 60 mm are forecast for the central and eastern Kimberley, with isolated totals up to 100 mm expected.
Given the very wet condition of the Kimberley catchments, significant stream rises and areas of flooding are likely to develop.
A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Fitzroy River.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Ord River
Pentecost River

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

Current river levels are available from Department of Water at

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and river information are available at

Weather Forecast

Next Issue

The next flood watch for the Kimberley will be issued by 11:00 am WST Thursday 19 January 2017.

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