Initial flood watch for Derwent catchment

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 the Huon and Derwent catchments

Issued at 11:36 am on Friday 6 December 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 1
Minor flooding may develop in the flood watch catchments from Friday afternoon.
A strong westerly stream is bringing persistent showers to the western half of the State and is expected to continue during Friday and Saturday.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-30 mm have been observed, with isolated higher totals up to 57 mm. Parts of the Huon and Derwent catchments are saturated and the rivers will be highly responsive to further rainfall.
Widespread rainfall totals of 10-20 mm are forecast for Friday and 20-30 mm are forecast for Saturday. Higher totals are possible locally and in elevated areas.
River level rises are occurring in the Huon, Upper Derwent, Styx and Florentine rivers. Further river rises are expected and minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Huon River

Derwent 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:
For the latest warnings see
For the latest rainfall and river level information see
For the latest weather forecast see

Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at
Road closure information is available at
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 noon on Saturday 07 December 2019.

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