Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 2:01 pm EST on Monday 2 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 1

Renewed river level rises and major flooding is possible across parts of the Flood Watch area from mid-week.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther and a developing upper trough will produce widespread showers, rain areas and thunderstorms with heavy falls over south west Queensland from Wednesday morning. Very heavy falls are likely locally, especially over the far south west.

Rainfall will track southeastwards during Wednesday and into Thursday, clearing the Flood Watch area by Thursday evening.

Catchments within the Flood Watch area have all had rainfall recently and floodwaters are currently making their way through lower parts of the catchments, with Flood Warnings in place.

Renewed river level rises are expected, some of which have the potential to be relatively rapid for these typically slow-responding catchments due to a combination of the very heavy rainfall expected and relatively wet catchments.

Major flooding is possible, largely in the lower reaches of the catchments within the Flood Watch area where the rainfall is expected to be heaviest.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes is expected throughout the Flood Watch area.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Paroo River (QLD)

Bulloo River (QLD)

Barcoo River

Thomson River

Cooper Creek

Diamantina River

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

Simpson Desert

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