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Initial minor flood watch for River Derwent

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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

Initial Flood Watch for North West, North and North East, and Derwent catchments

Issued at 1:07pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 1

WIDESPREAD MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING IS LIKELY FROM THURSDAY.

MAJOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AT SOME LOCATIONS.

A very slow moving cold front is expected to bring heavy rainfall into northern parts of Tasmania from Wednesday evening until early Friday morning. Catchments are wet across the flood watch area and rivers will respond rapidly to rainfall.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50-90 mm are likely across northern half of the state with 180-220 mm possible on the Western Tiers and North East highlands from Wednesday evening until early Friday morning.

Widespread minor to moderate flooding is likely from Thursday. Major flooding is possible at some locations. 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
  • Tamar (Launceston)
  • Mersey River
  • Forth River
  • Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
  • Arthur 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: 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 Wednesday 12 October 2022.

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