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Midweek flood watch for River Derwent

Australian Government 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 Huon, Derwent, North West, North and North East catchments
Issued at 12.54 pm on Monday 26 July 2021
Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding may develop this week, most likely from Wednesday. Rapid snowmelt may add to river rises overnight Monday into Tuesday at some locations. Embedded fronts will enhance rainfall, particularly late Tuesday into Wednesday. Most catchments are relatively wet to saturated and rivers will be responsive to additional rainfall.

Forecast 5-day rainfall totals through to Friday evening: 30-125 mm in the west, 50-110 mm in the northeast, 60-120mm along the Western Tiers. Isolated higher falls are possible, particularly about elevated areas.

Strong river rises are expected this week in flood watch catchments. Widespread minor flooding is possible, most likely from Wednesday. Rapid snowmelt may add to river rises at some locations overnight Monday into Tuesday.

  • Catchments likely to be affected include:
  • North Esk River
  • South Esk River
  • Meander River
  • Macquarie River
  • Ringarooma River
  • North Coastal Rivers
  • Mersey River
  • Forth River
  • Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
  • Arthur River
  • 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: 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.

The next flood watch will be issued by 12:30 pm EST on Tuesday 27 July 2021

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