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River Derwent on flood watch

Initial Flood Watch Derwent, Huon, South East, North, North East, North West

Issued at 12:25 pm on Friday 22 October 2021 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is likely from Saturday afternoon. Isolated moderate flooding is possible at some locations in the northeast.

A trough will slowly move into western Tasmania today as a cold front approaches the west. The front and trough will then cross Tasmania Saturday morning. During Sunday a low is expected to deepen to the east of the state.

Catchments are wet and will be responsive to the forecast rainfall. Four-day rainfall totals from Friday to Monday of 30-60 mm are forecast for the central north, northeast and southeast with higher totals of 100 mm possible in the east and south coastal areas.

River rises are expected with the forecast rain and areas of minor flooding are likely to develop from Saturday afternoon. Moderate flooding is possible at some locations in the northeast catchments.

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as 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
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: 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 1pm on Saturday 23 October 2021.

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