Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:40 pm EDT on Monday 28 March 2022 Flood Watch Number: 8

MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING POSSIBLE FOR THE RICHMOND, WILSONS, ORARA AND BELLINGER RIVERS FROM TUESDAY

MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE FOR OTHER COASTAL CATCHMENTS BETWEEN THE TWEED AND HAWKESBURY NEPEAN VALLEY

Heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast from Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday. Catchments in this region remain saturated following significant flooding in recent weeks and this rainfall has the potential to result in Moderate to Major flooding along the Richmond, Wilsons, Orara and Bellinger Rivers from Tuesday. There is also potential for Minor to Moderate flooding for parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Hawkesbury Nepean and North Western New South Wales Rivers.

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 Monday into Tuesday. 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 moderate to major flooding

Richmond River moderate to major flooding

Clarence River minor to moderate flooding

Orara River moderate to major flooding

Coffs Coast

Bellinger and Kalang Rivers moderate to major flooding

Nambucca River minor to moderate flooding

Macleay River minor to moderate flooding

Hastings River minor flooding

Camden Haven River minor flooding

Manning and Gloucester Rivers minor flooding

Wollombi Brook and Lower Hunter River minor to moderate flooding

Paterson and Williams Rivers minor flooding

Hawkesbury and Lower Nepean Rivers minor flooding

Upper Coxs River

Colo River

Macdonald River

Upper Macintyre River minor to moderate flooding

Gwydir River minor flooding

Whalan and Gil Gil Creeks

Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: Macleay, Lower Macintyre and Culgoa

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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