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Update to Lower Derwent flood watch

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

Flood Watch for the Lower Derwent and North Esk Rivers

Issued at 11:22am on Wednesday 31 May 2023

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 2

Minor flooding is possible along the Lower Derwent and North Esk Rivers overnight Wednesday.

A westerly airstream is forecast to bring showers to western Tasmania during Wednesday. The passage of a cold front on Wednesday evening is likely to result in showers in the north increasing later Wednesday into Thursday.

Catchments in the west and northeast are moderately wet following rainfall over recent weeks.

Rainfall totals of around 20-45 mm were observed in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Wednesday over western parts of the Derwent catchment, with lighter rainfall of less than 5 mm observed in the North Esk catchment.

Widespread rainfall totals of up to 30 mm are possible for the Lower Derwent and North Esk River catchments for the remainder of Wednesday, with further rainfall of 5-10 mm on Thursday.

Forecast rainfall may result in river level rises later on Wednesday, with minor flooding possible from overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River

Derwent River (Lower Derwent and Styx Rivers)

Flood Warning is now current for the Huon 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 noon on Thursday 01 June 2023.

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