Flood Warning for the Diamantina River


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Flood Warning for the Diamantina River

Issued at 11:21 am EST on Friday 24 March 2023

Flood Warning Number: 48


Floodwaters from rainfall during February and early March continue to move slowly through the Diamantina River catchment.

No significant rainfall was recorded in the last 7 days. No significant rainfall is forecast for the next few days.

Diamantina River to Diamantina Lakes:

Along the upper Diamantina River, flooding at Elderslie has eased. Elderslie was last observed (1.80 m) around 06:00 am Thursday, is currently estimated to be below the minor flood level (1.50 m). Moderate flooding at Diamantina Lakes continues to fall slowly. The river level is currently 3.45 metres above the level of the Springvale Diamantina Lakes Rd Causeway (2.10 m).

Diamantina River downstream of Diamantina Lakes:

Renewed river level rises are observed along the lower Diamantina River at Monkira. Renewed rises are expected in the lower Diamantina River, as the flood peak recorded at Diamantina Lakes late last week travels downstream.

The Diamantina River at Birdsville is currently at 2.35 metres and steady, below the minor flood level (4.00 m). Rises at Birdsville are expected as floodwaters travel downstream, with minor flooding possible in the coming weeks. However, the river levels are not expected to reach the minor flood level (4.00 m) over the next few days. Updated forecasts will be provided as upstream flood peaks are observed.

Flood Safety Advice:

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

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 12:00 pm EST on Monday 27 March 2023.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Mills Ck at Oondooroo TM 1.28 Falling 10:00 AM FRI 24/03/23
Diamantina R at Diamantina Lakes TM 5.55 Falling 10:00 AM FRI 24/03/23
Diamantina R at Monkira 3.66 Rising 09:00 AM FRI 24/03/23
Diamantina R at Birdsville 2.35 Steady 09:00 AM FRI 24/03/23

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.