NE River rises expected

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania has issued an initial Flood Watch for the state's North East Catchments.

The Bureau points out this Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.


Flood Watch Number: 1

River rises are expected in North East catchments and minor flooding may develop at some locations from early Friday morning.

A series of daily cold fronts, embedded in a northwest to westerly air stream, will cross Tasmania during the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

Upper catchment areas are relatively wet.

Widespread 3-day rainfall totals of 30-50 mm are expected across the north and west of Tasmania through to Saturday, with higher totals up to 80 mm possible in isolated and elevated areas.

River rises are expected in response to the forecast rainfall. Minor flooding may develop in the North Esk and upper South Esk rivers during Friday.

Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

  • North Esk River
  • South Esk River
  • East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
  • Ringarooma River
  • North Coastal Rivers 

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:


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.

This information issued at Issued at 3:43 pm EST on Wednesday 4 July 2018 By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10:00 am EST on Thursday 05 July 2018.