Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Initial Flood Watch for Western and Central Queensland, and the Central and North Tropical Queensland Coast

Issued at 11:57 am EST on Monday 9 May 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1


An unseasonably moist, northeasterly flow across northern Queensland will combine with a strengthening upper trough over central Australia, producing an extensive cloud band. As a result, widespread heavy rainfall is expected to develop across central and northwestern parts of the state from Tuesday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected to shift to the tropical east coast during Wednesday, moving southward along the east coast over the following couple of days. The locations of heaviest falls each day will be dependent on the development and movement of a surface trough and low pressure system near the coast.

Catchments across the Flood Watch are wet from rainfall over the past few weeks and in some cases flooding is ongoing.

Widespread rainfall is expected across the Flood Watch area. Areas of isolated heavy and intense rainfall are also possible.

Minor flooding is expected from Tuesday evening, with widespread moderate flooding likely from Tuesday night. Isolated Major flooding is likely with areas of heavy or intense rainfall.

Dangerous and life threatening flash flooding is possible across the flood watch area. This rainfall is also expected to lead to transport disruption.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Settlement Creek

Nicholson River

Leichhardt River

Upper Flinders River

Lower Flinders River

Cloncurry River

Norman River

Gilbert River

Mitchell River

Staaten River

Mulgrave and Russell Rivers

Johnstone River

Tully River

Murray River

Herbert River

Black River

Ross and Bohle Rivers

Haughton River

Belyando and Suttor Rivers to Burdekin Falls Dam

Cape River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam

Wallam and Mungallala Creeks

Warrego River (QLD)

Paroo River (QLD)

Bulloo River (QLD)

Barcoo River

Thomson River

Cooper Creek

Diamantina River

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

See to view the current flood and cyclone products for Queensland.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service:

Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
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
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of
27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.
Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map