Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania
Initial Minor Flood Warning for the River Derwent
Issued at 11:47am on Friday 18 August 2017
Flood Warning Number: 1
Minor flooding has developed in the lower reaches of the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam during Friday morning. River levels are expected to remain high during Friday due to dam inflows from the upper reaches of the catchment. Flooding is not expected to extend downstream to New Norfolk.
In the 48 hours to 9AM Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 20 to 50mm were reported about the Derwent catchment. Rain is expected to ease during Friday.
No flooding is expected in the Ouse and Clyde river tributaries.
Strong and dangerous flows may remain a hazard throughout the Derwent Catchment over the next few days.
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:
Minor flooding is expected along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is currently at 3.50 metres and steady. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to remain around the minor flood level (4.10 m) during Friday.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 1.80 metres and rising. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Friday.
River Derwent around New Norfolk:
Minor flooding is not expected along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 0.65 metres and steady. An abnormally high tide may increase the river level in Friday afternoon. The River Derwent at New Norfolk is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.00 m) during Friday.
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.
The next warning will be issued by 4pm on Friday 18 August 2017.
Latest River Heights:
|Location||Height of River (m)||Tendency||Date/Time of Observation|
|River Derwent below Lake St Clair||1.80||Steady||09:00 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Ouse at Ashton||1.23||Rising||10:00 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Ouse at 3B Weir||1.02||Rising||11:00 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Clyde at Bothwell||0.24||Falling||10:00 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam||3.29||Steady||11:00 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Derwent at Macquarie Plains||1.83||Rising||11:30 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|Tyenna River at Newbury||1.09||Falling||10:15 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|Styx River at Bruces Bridge||1.40||Falling||11:09 AM FRI 18/08/17|
|River Derwent at New Norfolk||0.73||Steady||11:40 AM FRI 18/08/17|
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.