Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania
Minor Flood Warning for the River Derwent
Issued at 3:46 pm on Wednesday 5 October 2016
Flood Warning Number: 13
Minor flooding continues in the lower reaches of the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam, with a peak expected overnight Wednesday.
Lake King William has started to spill resulting in elevated river levels downstream.
Rainfall totals of 10 to 15mm have been reported about the Derwent catchment since 9AM Wednesday. A further 10mm is possible for the remainder of Wednesday, with higher totals possible about elevated areas. This rainfall is expected to maintain high river levels for the next few days.
Strong flows will remain a hazard throughout the Derwent catchment for the next few days.
River Derwent above River Ouse:
River rises have been observed in the upper reaches of the Derwent catchment. Most storages within the Derwent system are at high levels, with several dams spilling. Lake King William has started to spill resulting in elevated river levels downstream.
River levels in the River Ouse are expected to remain below minor flood levels during Wednesday.The River Ouse at Ashton peaked at 2.41 metres around 11:00 pm Monday 03 October and is currently at 1.82 metres and steady.
River levels in the River Clyde are expected to remain below minor flood levels during Wednesday.The River Clyde at Bothwell is currently at 1.36 metres and steady.
River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam:
Renewed rises are expected in the middle reaches of the River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam during Wednesday.
River levels are expected to continue easing along the Tyenna River during Wednesday.
River levels are expected to continue easing along the Styx River during Wednesday.
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:
Minor flooding is occurring along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is currently at 4.01 metres and steady. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to peak between 4.80 and 5.10 metres overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 2.80 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains may reach the minor flood level (4.00 m) Thursday morning.
River Derwent around New Norfolk:
River levels are expected to remain below minor flood levels around New Norfolk during Wednesday.The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 1.12 metres and falling.
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 10am on Thursday 06 October 2016.
Latest River Heights:
|Location||Height of River (m)||Tendency||Date/Time of Observation|
|River Derwent below Lake St Clair||1.90||Rising||02:00 PM WED 05/10/16|
|River Ouse at Ashton||1.83||Steady||02:45 PM WED 05/10/16|
|River Ouse at 3B Weir||1.93||Falling||03:00 PM WED 05/10/16|
|River Clyde at Bothwell||1.36||Steady||04:00 PM TUE 04/10/16|
|River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam||4.01||Steady||03:00 PM WED 05/10/16|
|River Derwent at Macquarie Plains||2.80||Steady||03:34 PM WED 05/10/16|
|Tyenna River at Newbury||0.85||Steady||04:15 PM TUE 04/10/16|
|Styx River at Bruces Bridge||1.75||Rising||03:08 PM WED 05/10/16|
|River Derwent at New Norfolk||1.13||Falling||03:25 PM WED 05/10/16|
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.