Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:45 am EDT on Sunday 27 March 2022

Flood Watch Number: 7

INCREASING FLOOD RISK FOR THE NORTHERN RIVERS AND MID NORTH COAST

Rainfall is forecast on Sunday with an increasing trend during the first half of this week for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast. Catchments in this region remain saturated following significant flooding in recent weeks and this rainfall has the potential to result in further flooding. Minor to moderate flood levels are a risk depending on how the weather system develops. There is potential for heavy rainfall associated with a trough system to impact the Hunter later in the week.

Inland thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall from the Northern Tablelands through to parts of the Upper Western forecast Districts Sunday into Monday.

A Severe Weather Warnings is current for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands. Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as required.

Flooding is possible in the catchments listed from Sunday. Flood classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service. The situation is being actively monitored and updated flood watches and warnings will be issued where necessary over the coming days.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Tweed and Rouse Rivers
minor to moderate flooding

Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek
minor flooding

Wilsons River
minor to moderate flooding

Richmond River
minor to moderate flooding

Clarence River
minor flooding

Orara River
minor to moderate flooding

Coffs Coast

Bellinger and Kalang Rivers
minor flooding

Nambucca River
minor flooding

Hastings River
minor flooding

Camden Haven River
minor flooding

Manning and Gloucester Rivers
minor flooding

Wollombi Brook and Lower Hunter River
minor flooding

Paterson and Williams Rivers
minor flooding

Upper Macintyre River
minor flooding

Gwydir River
minor flooding

Whalan and Gil Gil Creeks

Macintyre River
minor flooding

Peel River
minor flooding

Namoi River
minor flooding

Castlereagh River
minor flooding

Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: Wollombi Brook, Culgoa River, Birrie River, Bokhara River, and Narran River

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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