Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:00 am WST on Friday 28 February 2020 Flood Watch Number: 4

Heavy rainfall and areas of localised flooding is now occurring in the East Kimberley Rivers.

The remnants of Ex Tropical Cyclone Esther is expected to move over the Kimberley throughout Friday and by Saturday the low is expected to lay over the west Kimberley, before moving inland towards the southeast back to southern parts of the Kimberley and northern Great Sandy and Gibson deserts on Sunday.

Rainfall will continue in the Eastern Kimberley and Ord River areas before moving into the central and northern Kimberley parts during late Friday.

48 hour rainfall totals may be 150-250 mm with isolated falls to 300 mm possible in the east and central Kimberley.

If the low remains in the West Kimberley as forecast, rainfall totals over three days may be 200 - 250 mm with isolated falls to 500 mm.

Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, areas of flooding and adversely impact road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and communities linked by roads may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

East Kimberley Rivers

North Kimberley Rivers

West Kimberley Rivers

Fitzroy River

Sturt Creek District

Sandy Desert

This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. For more information on the Flood Watch Service visit

Flood Safety Advice:
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 and Environmental Regulation at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map