This brochure describes the flood warning system operated by the Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology for the Paroo River. It includes reference information which will be useful for understanding Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins issued by the Bureau's Flood Warning Centre during periods of high rainfall and flooding.
The Paroo River catchment is located in south west Queensland and covers an area of approximately 31,000 square kilometres. The river rises in country to the north of Cheepie and flows in a southerly direction. It is joined by its major tributary, Beechal Creek, immediately below Humeburn before passing through Eulo, and eventually crossing the Queensland-New South Wales border at Hungerford. Floods normally develop in the headwaters of the Paroo River and Beechal Creek, however, flooding may result from heavy rainfall falling in the middle to lower reaches of the catchment.
The town of Eulo is not usually directly affected by floodwaters. The April 1990 and March 2010 floods at Hungerford, on the Queensland-NSW border, caused both inundation of a number of residences and isolation by floodwaters for a considerable period of time.
The Paroo River at Eulo has a well documented history of flooding dating as far back as 1890 with Hungerford having records dating back since 1974. The significant flood peaks at Eulo and Hungerford are shown in the following diagrams.
The Bureau of Meteorology operates a flood warning system for the Paroo River basin based on a rainfall and river height observations network shown on the map. The network consists of a number of volunteer rainfall and river height observers who forward observations by telephone when the initial flood height has been exceeded at their station, as well as automatic telephone telemetry stations at Humeburn and Caiwarro which are operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
The Bureau's Flood Warning Centre issues Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins for the Paroo River during flood events. Quantitative flood forecasts are issued for locations at Eulo and Hungerford when moderate flood levels are likely to be exceeded.
The Paroo and Quilpie Shire Councils may be able to provide further information on flooding in your area of the Paroo River catchment.
Flood Warnings and Bulletins
The Bureau of Meteorology issues Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins for the Paroo River regularly during floods. They are sent to radio stations for broadcast, and to local Councils, emergency services and a large number of other agencies involved in managing flood response activities. Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins are available via :
Internet/World Wide Web
Interpreting Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins
Flood Warnings and River Height Bulletins contain observed river heights for a selection of the river height monitoring locations. The time at which the river reading has been taken is given together with its tendency (e.g. rising, falling, steady or at its peak). The Flood Warnings may also contain predictions in the form of minor, moderate or major flooding for a period in the future. River Height Bulletins also give the height above or below the road bridge or causeway for each river station located near a road crossing.
One of the simplest ways of understanding what the actual or predicted river height means is to compare the height given in the Warning or Bulletin with the height of previous floods at that location.
The table below summarises the flood history of the Paroo River basin - it contains the flood gauge heights of the more significant recent floods.
Historical flood heights for all river stations in the Paroo River Floodwarning network, as shown on the map, are available from the Bureau of Meteorology upon request.
At each flood warning river height station, the severity of flooding is described as minor, moderate or major according to the effects caused in the local area or in nearby downstream areas. Terms used in Flood Warnings are based on the following definitions.
Each river height station has a pre-determined flood classification which details heights on gauges at which minor, moderate and major flooding commences. Other flood heights may also be defined which indicate at what height the local road crossing or town becomes affected by floodwaters.
The table below shows the flood classifications for selected river height stations in the Paroo River catchment.
All heights are in metres on flood gauges. (B) = Bridge (A) = Approaches (X) = Crossing
The above details are correct at the time of preparing this document. Up-to-date flood classifications and other details for all flood warning stations in the network are at:
For the latest rainfall and river height conditions please use the following link:
For the latest rainfall and river height network map please use the following link:Network maps
For further information, contact: