Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:00 am CST on Wednesday 24 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 5


An active trough remains slow moving across the Top End.

Catchments across the Top End are saturated and many creeks, streams and rivers are flowing strongly throughout. Rainfall totals of 150 - 290 mm have been recorded in many parts of the flood watch area during the past week on top of good wet season totals to date.

Scattered rainfall totals of 20-50 mm are expected in the North West Coastal Rivers during Wednesday with isolated falls to 100 mm or more possible with slow-moving thunderstorms. Rainfall of 10-30 mm is expected elsewhere across the Carpentaria and Bonaparte Coastal Rivers during Wednesday with isolated falls to 80 mm possible across northern parts of the Carpentaria. On Thursday heavier falls contract northwards with 20-40 mm expected across northern parts of the North West Coastal Rivers and isolated falls to 80 mm. Rainfall of 5-10 mm is likely across remaining areas with isolated falls to 50 mm with thunderstorms. Heavy falls will continue to ease and become more isolated from Friday.

Many rivers and streams have risen strongly in the past week and many roads, including major highways, have been affected throughout the flood watch area.
Further rainfall over the next few days is expected to contribute to continued stream and river levels and further affect roads and may isolate or some communities and homesteads.

A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Katherine River.
A Major Flood Warning is current for the Waterhouse RIver.
A Moderate Flood Warning is current for the Daly River.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Victoria River below Kalkarindji

Fitzmaurice River

Mary River

Adelaide River below Adelaide River Town

Finniss River

Daly River above Douglas River

Moyle River

South Alligator River

Wildman River

Roper River

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Flood Safety Advice:
The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Prepare for flooding and move away while safe to do so.
* Don't drive into floodwaters.

For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.

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