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Initial Flood Watch for River Derwent

Initial Flood Watch for South East, Huon, Derwent, North and North East catchments. Issued at 1.54pm on Wednesday 4 May 2022, by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number 1: Minor to moderate flooding is possible from overnight Thursday into Friday. A low pressure system is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of eastern, central and southern Tasmania from late Thursday through Saturday. Most catchments are relatively dry, except parts of the north east which are relatively wet from recent rainfall.

Widespread 30-50 mm is forecast from Thursday night and during Friday. Much higher totals are possible in elevated areas and with thunderstorms. River rises are expected. Minor to moderate flooding may develop from overnight Thursday into Friday. Significant localised flooding is also expected in areas that receive heavy rainfall.

  • Catchments likely to be affected include:
  • Furneaux Islands
  • South Esk River
  • Macquarie River
  • East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
  • Tamar (Launceston)
  • 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.

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 2pm on Thursday 05 May 2022.

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