Flood rains in the Katherine River catchment are caused by tropical monsoonal depressions and decaying tropical cyclones which normally occur between November and the end of April.
The catchment area covers about 8000 square kilometres and is mainly in the escarpment country above Katherine Gorge. The narrowness of the Gorge tends to prolong high water levels in the river during a flood.
Government agencies combine to provide information on river levels, weather conditions and flood forecasts. This system does not cover creeks and stormwater drains, which are unpredictable as they rise fast.
When flooding has been predicted, the Katherine Counter Disaster Planning Committee, operating under the direction of the Northern Territory Counter Disaster Council, is activated to ensure that information bulletins and flood warning messages are issued to Katherine and outlying areas. The Police Regional Counter Disaster Countroller coordinates the response.
Flood warnings will be issued if flooding is predicted. Counter disaster response measures may include the evacuation of people.
For further information on the flood warning systems and flood maps for the Katherine Region please select the link below:
|Katherine Police||131 444|
|Katherine Town Council||8972 5500|
|RSPCA Katherine||0407 559 479|
|Road Report||1800 246 199|
|Katherine Flood Hotline (Only activated in event of flooding)||1800 500 070|
|Power Water Corporation||1800 245 092|
Other Useful Websites:
http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/ (Road Report Website)
http://www.emergnecy.nt.gov.au (For flood maps and flood advice, go to 'Are You Flood Safe')
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDD60022.html (Latest River Heights)