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Update to Derwent catchment flood watch


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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

Flood Watch for the North, North East, Derwent and South East Catchments

Issued at 12:57pm on Wednesday 26 October 2022, by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 7


A low pressure system is bringing a humid air mass across the state. Conditions will be wet during Wednesday and into Thursday and the rainfall totals will depend on the position of the low. Catchments are wet and rivers will respond rapidly to rainfall.

Highest falls are likely about the east and southeast of the state during Wednesday with locally higher totals possible about eastern facing slopes and in elevated areas. Rainfall will contract to the southeast during Wednesday evening and will ease during Thursday.

Flood warnings are current for the Macquarie River, Meander River, North Esk River, South Esk River and Coal River, and renewed rises are occurring at many locations.

Minor to moderate flooding is possible from Wednesday in other catchments. Localised flooding is expected in small creeks and low lying areas in locations that receive heavy rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

  • East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
  • Ringarooma River
  • North Coastal Rivers
  • Tamar (Launceston)
  • Huon River
  • Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)
  • Derwent River
  • Jordan 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:

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 Thursday 27 October 2022.

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