UPDATE (Saturday 21st March):

Moist unstable easterly flow will bring heavy rain areas to the north tropical coast on Sunday and continue into early Monday.

Widespread moderate to heavy falls are expected to develop from early on Sunday morning.

More information available here

Key Points:

  • Widespread 6-hourly rainfall totals of 100-200 mm are likely on Sunday
  • Isolated heavier falls of 300mm possible.
  • These heavy falls are likely to lead to localised flash flooding.
  • Heavy rainfall may continue into early Monday morning where 6-hourly rainfall totals of 50-100 mm are possible with isolated falls of 200 mm.
  • Rainfall rates are expected to ease through the day on Monday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

EARLIER:

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast possible flooding between Cooktown and Ingham from Sunday this week.

At this stage, the early advice of possible flooding includes the Mossman and Daintree river catchments.

Showers are expected across the Flood Watch area today and Saturday ahead of an approaching coastal trough. Heavy rainfall is likely from the early hours of Sunday through to Monday as the trough moves onshore.

Catchments are relatively wet following rainfall earlier this month and will be more responsive to heavy rainfall.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes is possible throughout the Flood Watch area, particularly in the areas of heaviest rainfall.

Now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your property. Be alert, stay calm and be informed. Monitor local radio, media and Council’s Disaster Dashboard.

The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is monitoring the situation and is encouraging people to stay updated at the Douglas Dashboard.

Free sandbags & sand available from:

Mossman SES Shed

Located at the rear of Council’s Administration Building in Mossman (access via Front Street)

Mossman SES Shed sandbags - flood watch notice

Port Douglas Crocs AFL Carpark

Access via Wharf Street.

Port Douglas Sandbags - floodwatch notice

Please consider bringing your own shovel, you will need to fill the bags yourself.

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/