New flood watch for the Derwent

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

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

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

Issued at 10:45am on Monday 23 July 2018
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 2

Minor flooding is likely in catchments in the northern half of Tasmania, and the River Derwent and its tributaries from overnight Monday into Tuesday.
A series of cold fronts will cross Tasmania this week, bringing high rainfall totals from late Monday and during Tuesday.
Most catchments are wet to saturated and some dams are spilling in response to rainfall last week.
Widespread 48-hour rainfall totals of 30-50 mm are expected in the west and the northern half of Tasmania. Higher rainfall totals up to 100 mm are possible in elevated areas.
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.
Catchment specific flood warnings will be issued if and when required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River


South Esk River


Meander River


Macquarie River


East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)


Ringarooma River


North Coastal Rivers


Tamar (Launceston)


Mersey River


Forth River


Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers


Arthur River


Derwent River
(including the River Ouse)



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 Tuesday 24 July 2018.

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