Derwent flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.


Initial Flood Watch for North West, North and North East, Derwent and Huon catchments


Issued at 12:14pm on Tuesday 17 July 2018
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 1

Multiple cold fronts will cross Tasmania over the coming three days bringing high rainfall totals. Widespread minor flooding is possible.
A series of vigorous cold fronts will cross the State this week. Highest rainfall totals are expected during Tuesday evening, and from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.
Most catchments are wet from recent rainfall.
Three-day rainfall totals are expected to exceed 100 mm in the west, north west, parts of the central plateau, and along the Western Tiers. Widespread 30-80 mm totals are forecast for the north and north east catchments, and Huon catchment. Snow is likely at higher elevations.
A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Meander River. Widespread river rises are expected as a result of the forecast rainfall. Minor flooding is likely to develop at a number of locations.
Localised flooding is possible in small creeks and low-lying areas that receive heavy rainfall.
Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River


South Esk River


Macquarie River


Ringarooma River


North Coastal Rivers


Tamar (Launceston)


Mersey River


Forth River


Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers


Arthur River


Huon River


Derwent River


Jordan River



Flood warnings have been issued for the following catchments: Meander River
Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.


Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10am on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

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