Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Initial Flood Watch for the Bellinger, Nambucca and Severn Rivers

Issued at 1:53 pm EDT on Wednesday 23 March 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1

MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE ALONG THE BELLINGER, NAMBUCCA AND SEVERN RIVERS FROM THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY

A low pressure trough is expected to linger near the northern coast of New South Wales during Thursday and Friday, while another trough develops over the northern inland. The combination of these two systems will cause unsettled conditions to persist in the east and north of the state for the remainder of the week and during the weekend.

Forecast rainfall associated with this system has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Bellinger, Nambucca and Severn Rivers from Thursday into Friday.

Catchments conditions are relatively wet following rainfall in recent weeks.

The weather system may cause local and riverine flooding for the catchments listed from Thursday into Friday. Flood classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Bellinger and Kalang Rivers minor flooding

Nambucca River minor flooding

Upper Macintyre River minor flooding

For the latest flood and weather warnings see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

For the latest rainfall and weather forecasts see www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood

Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.
Severe Weather Warnings will be issued or updated if very heavy rain is forecast or observed.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service:
http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately


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