River Derwent Basin on Flood Watch

continued rain forecast

8 July 2018

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The River Derwent Basin is on flood watch due to increased rainfall in the area.

The Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart, issued advise at 9:50am Sunday 8 July 2018, as river rises are expected to continue in the Derwent catchment and minor flooding may develop at some locations during Sunday.

A vigorous southwesterly flow will persist throughout Sunday then ease in the evening. The Derwent catchment is wet after recent rainfall with totals of 20-40 mm recorded in the 72 hours to 9am Sunday, with 60-80 mm recorded in elevated areas and some rain falling as snow.

Further showers are expected during Sunday into Monday with rainfall totals of 10 mm forecast and higher totals up to 25 mm possible in isolated areas, before showers ease on Monday. Snow melt may also add to runoff.  

A combination of forecast rainfall and snow melt could see continued river rises in the River Derwent and its tributaries for the remainder of Sunday and minor flooding may develop at some locations. The Bureau says "further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required."

The major catchment likely to be affected is Derwent River.

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.

Next advise issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10:00 am EST on Monday 09 July 2018.

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