Warnings issued as moderate flooding looms in the Top End
AN EMERGENCY services briefing will be held this morning to discuss a potential flood evacuation plan for Daly River residents, which is expected to reach moderate flood level by Friday.
There are a number of flood warnings in place across the Top End as rivers respond to recent heavy rainfall and saturated soil is unable to absorb any extra water.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Moderate Flood Warning for the Daly River yesterday which revealed widespread rainfall totals of 150 - 300mm with isolated total of 540mm at Moud Creek have been recorded in the Daly River catchment in the past week and many rivers and creeks have risen strongly in response.
Upstream rivers have had multiple peaks during the past week and that water is now making its way through the lower Daly River.
The slow rising waters is expected to exceed 13.10 metres at the Daly River Police Station on Friday night to reach a moderate flood level.
⚠️Initial #Flood Warning has been issued for the #DalyRiver, expected to exceed the minor flood level from Wednesday night and likely reach the moderate flood level from Friday evening. See https://t.co/JSFcSEf0Cm for details and updates; follow advice from @ntpfes. #NTfloodspic.twitter.com/oBPVjdfUej— Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory (@BOM_NT) February 22, 2021
BOM duty forecaster Billy Lynch said the area has seen 150-200 of rain in the past 24 hours.
"Current predictions is it will reach moderate flood level by Friday night," Mr Lynch said.
"There's still potential for heavy falls through the region over the next day or two," he said.
"Conditions have eased off at the moment but we are expecting shower and storms in the top end (today)."
He said the risk of heavy falls will diminish by Friday.
A Minor Flood Warning is still in place for the Katherine River.
BOM also warns further east, the Waterhouse River has a small catchment area, which means the river responds very quickly to rainfall in the area. Renewed rises have prompted a Major Flood Warning at Beswick Bridge, with water levels likely to stay around 8.30 metres overnight.
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.
• Always remember to 'Be Crocwise' - www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au
Recent heavy rain
A number of locations in the Darwin-Daly and Roper-McArthur River districts topped 200mm of rain in the past week.
In the 24 hours to 9am this morning, the Daly River region's Maud Creek received 171mm of rain, while Foelsche Headland received just over 80mm in about 5 hours today.
In the 7 days to 9am Tuesday, the below rainfall totals have been recorded:
182mm at Darwin River Dam
145mm at Majestic Orchids
141mm at Howard River
319mm at Ironwood Station
309mm at Nitmiluk Rangers (including 97mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning)
307mm at Upper 17 Mile Creek (including 90.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning)
146mm at Ngayawili (including 84.2mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning)
131mm at Jabiru Airport
102mm at Milingimbi Airport
371mm at Centre Island
283mm at Cave Creek
249mm at West Waterhouse
225mm at Victoria River Crossing
224mm at Bradshaw
199mm at Coolibah
5mm at Alexandria Downs
1mm at Alice Springs Airport
Originally published as Warnings issued as moderate flooding looms in the Top End