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Flood watch for Derwent catchment

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.

Flood Watch for the North West, North, North East, Derwent and Coal Catchments

Issued at 11:54 am EDT on Friday 21 October 2022

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Moderate rainfall will develop across northern Tasmania during Friday, with the heaviest rainfall expected Friday evening and during Saturday. Showers and possible thunderstorms are likely to continue across the state during Saturday, especially across the eastern half of Tasmania.

Additional rainfall is possible particularly across the northern and eastern halves of the state for early next week.

Catchments are wet and rivers will respond rapidly to rainfall.

Rainfall totals through to Saturday midnight are likely to be in the range of 70-100 mm about elevated parts of the northwest, 30-80 mm about elevated parts of the northeast, and 15-30 mm generally. Isolated heavier falls are possible, particularly about higher ground.

Renewed river level rises are expected and minor to moderate flooding is likely from late Friday.

Localised flooding is possible in small creeks and low lying areas in locations that receive heavy rainfall.

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
  • Mersey River
  • Forth River
  • Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
  • Arthur River
  • Derwent River
  • Jordan River
  • Coal 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: 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:

SES flood warnings can be found at TasALERT.com

Flood and storm safety 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 22 October 2022.

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