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River Derwent on flood watch

Flood Watch for North West, North and North East, Huon, Derwent, and South East catchments

Issued at 11:52 am on Friday 7 January 2022 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 3

Isolated minor flooding is possible in the Huon, Derwent, and South East catchments from Saturday morning.

A trough is moving slowly over Tasmania on Friday. Rain has eased to showers in northern parts. Thunderstorms are likely over the west and south during Friday and are possible elsewhere, with the potential for heavy rain.

Catchments in northern parts and along the east coast are relatively wet from recent rainfall. Central and southern parts are drier.

Forecast rainfall for the remainder of Friday: west, south and central plateau (widespread 10-30 mm with 30-50 mm in elevated areas and with storms); elsewhere (widespread 5-15 mm, higher with storms).

River rises are occurring in northern and east coast rivers due to overnight rainfall. Flood warnings are current for the Mersey, Macquarie, North Esk, South Esk rivers.

Isolated minor flooding is possible in Huon, Derwent and South East catchments from Saturday morning.

Localised flooding is also expected in areas that receive heavy rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
Ringarooma River
North Coastal Rivers
Tamar (Launceston)
Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
Arthur 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

Flood Warnings are current for: Mersey, Macquarie, North Esk and South Esk

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 noon on Saturday 08 January 2022.

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