Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:00 am WST on Thursday 11 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 5


A broad trough lies over the Pilbara and extends to a weakening tropical low over the northern Interior. The tropical low will continue to move slowly south and weaken further during Thursday before contracting east on Friday.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Thursday rainfall totals of 0 - 40 mm were recorded in the East Kimberley catchments, and falls of up to 10 mm were recorded in the Sandy Desert and Warburton catchments.

As the low moves further south and weakens on Thursday, rainfall is expected to ease in the East Kimberley, but heavy rainfall of 30 - 60 mm with isolated totals of up to 100 mm are forecast in the Sandy Desert and Warburton catchments.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and significant river rises are expected in the Sandy Desert and Warburton catchments. Many roads, and possibly primary highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become or remain isolated.

While flooding conditions are easing in the East Kimberley catchments, many roads remain affected and some communities may remain isolated. Check road conditions being travelling.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Fitzroy River.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Warburton District Rivers

Sandy Desert

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: East Kimberley Rivers.

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