Friday, July 15, 2016

Flood update number five

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Moderate Flood Warning for the River Derwent


Issued at 1:20pm on Friday 15 July 2016
Flood Warning Number: 5

Moderate flooding is occurring in the lower River Derwent catchment below Meadowbank Dam and around Macquarie Plains. Minor flooding is likely to develop around New Norfolk during Friday afternoon.

In the 24 hours to 9AM Friday rainfall totals of up to 77 mm were recorded in the lower River Derwent catchment and up to 65mm in the upper River Derwent. Snow melt is expected to maintain flood levels during Friday.

Strong and dangerous flows may be a hazard throughout the Derwent catchment during Friday.


River Derwent above River Ouse:

Strong river rises are likely throughout the Upper Derwent catchment during Friday.


River Ouse:

River rises have been observed during Friday morning but minor flooding is not expected in the River Ouse.
River levels are expected remain below the Minor flood level (2.4 metres) at Ashton.
River levels are expected remain below the Minor flood level at Ouse.


River Clyde:

Minor flooding is not expected in the River Clyde.
River levels are expected remain below the Minor flood level at Bothwell.
River levels are expected remain below the Minor flood level at Hamilton.


River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is continuing in the middle reaches of the River Derwent during Friday.


Tyenna River:

Strong rises are likely to continue in the Tyenna River during Friday.


Styx River:

High levels of minor flooding are expected to continue in the Styx River during Friday.


River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Moderate flooding is occurring along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam peaked at 5.90 metres (Moderate Flood level 6.10 metres) around 11:00 am Friday 15 July and is currently steady around 5.78 metres. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam will remain above the minor flood level (4.10 m) Friday afternoon.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains exceeded the Moderate flood level (5.00 metres) around 11:00AM Friday, the river is currently 5.18 metres and rising. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to peak between 5.20 and 5.50 metres late Friday afternoon.


River Derwent around New Norfolk:

Minor flooding will occur along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 1.90 metres and rising. The River Derwent at New Norfolk will exceed the minor flood level (2.00 m) Friday afternoon. The river level is likely to peak between 2.20 and 2.50 metres Friday evening.


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.


Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 4:30pm on Friday 15 July 2016.


Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Ouse at Ashton2.06Steady11:15 AM FRI 15/07/16
River Ouse at 3B Weir2.52Steady12:00 PM FRI 15/07/16
River Clyde at Bothwell1.21Steady12:00 PM FRI 15/07/16
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam5.74Steady12:30 PM FRI 15/07/16
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains5.20Rising12:46 PM FRI 15/07/16
Tyenna River at Newbury2.09Steady12:00 PM FRI 15/07/16
Styx River at Bruces Bridge2.00Rising12:39 PM FRI 15/07/16
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.90Rising01:01 PM FRI 15/07/16

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 216. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts.

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