Flooding on the Norman River is set to peak today at “moderate” level though there is some crossover between the Flinders and Norman rivers adding to the problem.
Carpentaria Shire Local Disaster Coordinator Mike Hayward said another aerial inspection of the Norman and Flinders River was undertaken Monday morning.
“There is still a large volume of water overflowing from the Flinders River and entering the Norman River at Browns Creek, however the water level remains steady and no additional inflows were observed,” Mr Hayward said.
“The level of the Norman River has risen in the past 24 hours and continues to rise slowing, at this stage minor to moderate flooding is still expected in Normanton and Karumba over the next few days.”
According to the BoM, river levels on the Norman River at Yappar River remain just below the major flood level (3.8m) but are slowly easing.
“Breakouts are occurring from the Flinders River which is adding additional floodwater to the lower Norman River. Moderate flood levels are approaching a peak at Glenore Weir,” the BoM said.
“The Norman River at Normanton is currently at 4.09m and rising, with moderate flooding. The river level is likely to peak near 5.50 metres (moderate flooding) during Tuesday.”
Flood levels on the Flinders downstream of Richmond will remain high for some time. Floodwaters are spreading out across the floodplain, particularly between Etta Plains and Canobie through to Walkers Bend. River levels will remain high well into this week on the lower Flinders.
Over on the Nicholson and Gregory Rivers, level rises are expected to be working their way downstream to Burketown in the coming days as upstream floodwaters arrive.
The BoM said no significant rises are being reported for the Albert River at Burketown Airstrip but is expected to remain below the minor flood level (5m).
Disaster assistance has also been extended to Burke Shire Council which can now access assistance to help alleviate operational costs and assist with the cost of clean-up and repairs.
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