Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Northern Territory
Initial Flood Watch for Western Inland Rivers
Issued at 12:42 pm CST on Tuesday 3 May 2016
Flood watch number: 1
A trough will deepen over Western Australia over the next few days and move towards Central Australia. A cloud band associated with this trough will extend across southwestern parts of the Northern Territory bringing a high chance of widespread rain.
Rainfall developing over the Tanami and Lasseter districts on Thursday will then extend further east before clearing late in the weekend or early next week. Possible heavy falls over the Lasseter and Tanami Districts could bring up to 100mm of rain before the cloud band clears.
Widespread areas of inundation can be expected in the Tanami and Lasseter districts on the weekend. This is expected to affect road access in many parts with some roads becoming impassable. Some communities may also become isolated.
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The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
- Avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current
- Stop children playing in or near floodwaters
- Create your own sandbags if there is flooding, by using pillowcases and shopping bags filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
- Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live
For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.
Emergency information including the latest road conditions is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nt/forecasts.
The next flood watch will be issued by 1:00 pm CST Wednesday 4 May 2016.
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