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Initial flood watch issued for Derwent catchment

AN initial flood watch has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania, for several catchment areas including the River Derwent. This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Initial Flood Watch for Derwent, Huon, South East, East Coastal and North East catchments.
Issued at 11:38 am on Tuesday 4 August 2020, by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is possible in the flood watch catchments from early Wednesday.

A complex low will cross Tasmania from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, bringing heavy showers to southern, eastern and north eastern Tasmania.

Most catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet from seasonal rainfall.

Rainfall totals of 15-25 mm are forecast in southern areas for Tuesday night, with a further 30-50 mm forecast for Wednesday in south eastern and eastern coastal areas. Showers are expected to fall as heavy snow above 700 metres.

River rises are expected with forecast rain and minor flooding may develop from early Wednesday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River
South Esk River
Macquarie River
East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
Huon River
Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)
Derwent River
Jordan River
Coal River
East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)
South East

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: 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 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue: The next Flood Watch will be issued by noon on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

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