Flood Warning - Inland Rivers (SA)


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Flood Warning for the Inland Rivers SA

For the Warburton River and Cooper Creek in South Australia

Issued at 9:12 am CST on Friday 1 July 2022

Flood Warning Number: 18


High flow with the potential for flooding is continuing along the Warburton River. Flood waters from the Warburton River are currently entering the northern parts of Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda), however the volume of water is expected to be much less than the 2019 flood event.

River levels along the Cooper Creek in SA downstream of the Cullyamurra Waterhole continue to rise.

Floodwaters may cut roads and access tracks, and in particular river crossings, impacting travel in the region.

For information about road closures in the area refer to dit.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads.


The Warburton River at Poothapoota Waterhole has peaked at 5.38 metres and is currently around 5.32 metres and falling very slowly. Floodwater from upstream is expected to keep the river level elevated over the next few weeks.

Cooper Creek:

The Cooper Creek at Cullyamurra Waterhole has peaked around 3.61 metres and is currently at 3.57 metres and falling very slowly. The Innamincka Causeway is currently impassable with the water level expected to be around 1.5 - 2.0 metres above the causeway. The causeway is expected to remain closed for the next few weeks.

Flood Safety Advice:

People living or working along rivers and streams should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings. For the latest SA Warnings refer to www.bom.gov.au/sa/warnings

For more information on the Flood Warning and Flood Watch Service: www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For flood emergency assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 12:00 pm CST on Monday 04 July 2022.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Diamantina River at Birdsville (DEW) 2.31 Falling 08:35 AM FRI 01/07/22
Warburton River at Poothapoota Waterhole 5.32 Falling 08:00 AM FRI 01/07/22
Cooper Creek at Cullyamurra Waterhole 3.57 Falling 08:00 AM FRI 01/07/22

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