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River Derwent flood watch continues

THE Bureau of Meteorology is continuing its flood watch for a number of catchments including the Derwent. This is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Issued at 12:52pm on Sunday 16 August 2020

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart. Flood Watch Number: 3

Isolated minor flooding may develop in the flood watch catchments during Sunday. Flood Warnings are current for the North Esk, South Esk, Macquarie, Jordan and Coal rivers. A low pressure system will be situated east of Flinders Island during Sunday, bringing further rainfall to eastern Tasmania, with some heavy falls likely. In the 48 hours since 9 am Friday, rainfall totals up to 150 mm were recorded in eastern Tasmania near Gray.

Most catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet from recent rainfall. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the east during Sunday with totals around 20-40 mm expected. Rainfall totals of 5-15 mm are forecast for central Tasmania during Sunday. Higher totals possible over elevated areas with thunderstorms.

River rises are occurring and with the forecast rain isolated minor flooding may develop in the flood watch catchments during Sunday.

Catchments likely to be affected include: Derwent River (including Rivers Ouse and Clyde), Meander River, East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno), Ringarooma River, North Coastal Rivers, Tamar (Launceston), Huon River, Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon), East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno), South East.

Flooding warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk River, South Esk River, Macquarie River, Jordan River, Coal River.

Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. For more information visit 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
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 number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue: The next Flood Watch will be issued by 1 pm on Monday 17 August 2020.

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