Saturday, June 16, 2018

Flood watch updated

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Flood Watch for the Huon, Derwent and South East catchments

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.


Issued at 9:51am on Saturday 16 June 2018

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 2

A flood watch continues for the Huon River, River Derwent and catchments in the south east of Tasmania.

A low pressure system to the south of Tasmania will slowly move to the southeast of the state this evening, then over the Tasman Sea on Sunday bringing showers about the west, south and east of Tasmania over the weekend.

In the 24 hours to 9am Saturday, up to 40mm of rainfall was observed in the Huon catchment. Most catchments in the east and south-east are moderately dry. The Huon catchment and parts of the Derwent catchment are wet.

A further 25-35mm of rainfall is expected across the west, and south east of Tasmania on Saturday, with higher totals possible in elevated areas.

River rises are currently being observed in the Huon river. Minor flooding is possible at some forecast locations from Saturday.

Catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


River rises are likely in smaller rivers and creeks that received high rainfall totals in May, including the Styx, Plenty and Mountain rivers.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Huon River

Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)

Derwent River

Jordan River

Coal 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:

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 Flood Watch will be issued by 10am on Sunday 17 June 2018.

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