Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland
Major Flood Warning for the lower Flinders River and Minor Flood Warning for
the Norman River
Issued at 8:52 am EST on Saturday 23 February 2019
Flood Warning Number: 46
Floodwaters across the lower Flinders River are expected to be very slowly
easing, based on satellite imagery. Major flooding will continue along parts of
the lower reaches of the Flinders River through the weekend.
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
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
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) through the
Minor flood levels continue to slowly ease between Yappar River and Normanton.
The Norman River at Normanton is currently at 2.92 metres (minor flood) and
falling. The Norman River at Normanton is expected to remain above the minor
flood level (2.00 m) through the weekend.
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)
Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts
The next warning will be issued by 09:00 am EST on Sunday 24 February 2019.
Latest River Heights:
Flinders R at Glendower Crossing TM, 0.48, Steady, 07:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Flinders R at Hulberts Bridge TM, 1.47, Steady, 06:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Flinders R at Punchbowl TM, 2.42, Steady, 04:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Flinders R at Etta Plains TM, 1.78, Falling, 04:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Cloncurry R at Cloncurry TM, 1.08, Rising, 07:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Julia Ck at Julia Ck TM, 1.06, Steady, 07:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Norman R at Glenore Weir TM, 10.74, Falling, 07:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Norman R at Normanton TM, 2.92, Falling, 06:00 AM SAT 23/02/19
Karumba Tide TM, 2.01, Steady, 07:38 AM SAT 23/02/19
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.