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BOM: Flood Watch

Major flooding is possible in parts of the Flood Watch area early next week.

Heavy rainfall will continue in the Flood Watch area over the next few days.
Areas in the western part of the Flood Watch are a focus for multiple days of
heavy rainfall, including Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Boulia.

On the east coast between Ingham and Mackay, and inland to Charters Towers,
heavy rainfall is expected to start from early Monday morning. This is
expected to continue until Wednesday or Thursday, with some locations
experiencing multiple days of heavy rainfall.

Recent showers and storms across the Flood Watch area are beginning to respond
with river level rises being recorded in a number of places.

Localised flooding is expected in response to any further heavy showers and
thunderstorms.

Major flood levels are possible in the western part of the Flood Watch area
early next week, where multiple days of heavy rainfall are more likely. For
the rest of the Flood Watch area, minor to moderate flooding is possible.

This event is not expected to produce the same widespread significant flooding
as Cyclone Trevor and the monsoon trough events from 2019. However, localised
flooding and disruption to transport routes are still expected throughout the
Flood Watch area.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Settlement Creek

Nicholson River (Major flooding possible.)

Leichhardt River (Major flooding possible.)

Upper Flinders River

Lower Flinders River (Major flooding possible.)

Cloncurry River (Major flooding possible.)

Norman River

Gilbert River

Herbert River

Black River

Ross and Bohle Rivers (Including Bluewater Creek.)

Haughton River

Belyando and Suttor Rivers to Burdekin Falls Dam

Cape River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam

Don and Proserpine Rivers

Pioneer River

Thomson River (Upper Thomson River only.)

Diamantina River (Upper Diamantina and Western River catchments
only.)

Georgina River and Eyre Creek (Upper Georgina River and Burke River
catchments only.)

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood and cyclone products
for Queensland.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service:
http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

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 www.qld.gov.au/alerts.
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
www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/

Next issue:
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 01:30 pm EST on Monday 27 January 2020.