Flood Warning - Inland Rivers (SA)


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia

Flood Warning for the Inland Rivers

For flooding in the area of the Goyder Lagoon and the Warburton River

Issued at 1:26 pm CDT on Thursday 21 March 2019

Flood Warning Number: 17

Flooding continues through the Goyder Lagoon and along the Warburton River.

Flood impacts such as inundation of flood plains, cutting of some roads and impact to graziers are expected to continue over coming weeks.

There is potential of some heavy rain developing near the SA/NT/QLD border during next week and if this occurs, it could increase inflows to the Diamantina River and later in the Warburton River.


The Water level at Poothapoota Waterhole, just downstream of the Goyder Lagoon, peaked at around 5.7 metres on Tuesday 12 March and is currently at around 5.5 metres and steady. The water level at Poothapoota is expected to fall very slowly over the next several days.

Water will continue to flow into Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre over coming weeks.

Flood Safety Advice:

People are advised to keep away from flowing water.

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 02:00 pm CDT on Monday 25 March 2019.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Diamantina River at Birdsville (DEW) 2.78 Falling 12:30 PM THU 21/03/19
Warburton River at Poothapoota Waterhole 5.53 Steady 10:15 AM THU 21/03/19

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 215. 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.