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Flood Warning - Gulf Rivers

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland

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

Issued at 8:43 am EST on Thursday 21 February 2019
Flood Warning Number: 44

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 this week.

The Flinders River has experienced its most significant flood in at least the
last 50 years. Record floodwaters in places had 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 over the next few days.

Many automatic gauges across the Gulf Rivers catchments have returned to
service following a data outage over 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. Floodwaters
across the lower reaches of the Flinders River 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 be very slowly easing 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) during this
week.

Norman River:
Minor to moderate flood levels are slowly easing between Yappar River and
Normanton.

The Norman River at Normanton is currently at 3.46 metres (minor flood) and
falling. The Norman River at Normanton is expected to remain above the minor
flood level (2.00 m) during this 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 Friday 22 February 2019.

Latest River Heights:
Flinders R at Hulberts Bridge TM, 1.66, Steady, 07:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Flinders R at Punchbowl TM, 2.47, Steady, 08:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Flinders R at Etta Plains TM, 2.29, Steady, 08:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Cloncurry R at Cloncurry TM, 1.10, Steady, 08:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Julia Ck at Julia Ck TM, 1.09, Steady, 08:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Cloncurry R at Canobie Auto TM, Not Available
Flinders R-Cloncurry R Junction TM, Not Available
Flinders R at Walkers Bend TM, Not Available
Norman R d/s Yappar R Junction TM, Not Available
Norman R at Glenore Weir TM, 11.63, Steady, 08:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Norman R at Normanton TM, 3.46, Falling, 06:00 AM THU 21/02/19
Karumba Tide TM, 2.24, Steady, 07:58 AM THU 21/02/19

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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