Several motorists were rescued Tuesday from flooded roads, including a family with young children as flash flooding raged in the Central and Barkly regions, forcing NT police to issue warnings for travellers to check road conditions before attempting to drive.
Torrential rains are expected for many parts inland across the Northern Territory which could result in widespread flooding and affect major thoroughfares, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) stated on its flood watch bulletin.
NT Police Superintendent Jody Nobbs said several motorists have already required rescuing from flooded roads, including a family with young children whose sedan became bogged on a flooded remote track near Ti Tree on Monday.
“Luckily, police were able to rescue them and everyone was safe,” Supt Nobbs said.
“We advise motorists to reconsider their need to travel in these conditions, but if you must go out, ensure you have a capable vehicle and carry food, water and emergency equipment, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
“And always remember, if it’s flooded, forget it. It’s just not worth the risk.”
The BOM stated on its bulletin that heavy falls will continue across western districts into mid-week, while a tropical low is slow-moving over the southeast Kimberley region.
Widespread falls of 25-50 mm are expected until Wednesday evening in the Tanami and Barkly Districts, reaching 50-100 mm across the northwest Barkly District with isolated falls up to 120 mm possible in the northern Tanami District, according to the BOM.
Catchments likely to be affected include Tanami Desert, Barkly, Central Desert, MacDonnell Ranges, and Sturt Creek District.