Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 3:17 pm EDT on Wednesday 23 February 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF THE NORTHERN RIVERS AND MID NORTH COAST CATCHMENTS FROM LATE WEDNESDAY

A strong upper trough and associated cut-off low will move slowly eastward across the southern and southeastern interior of Queensland during Wednesday and Thursday. A surface trough near the northeast coast of New South Wales is deepening in response to this upper weather system. The surface trough is forecast to remain slow-moving into Thursday, producing areas of heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms.

This rainfall has the potential to cause minor flooding in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast from late Wednesday into Thursday and Friday.

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Northern Tablelands Forecast District.

The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed from late Wednesday. Flood classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Tweed and Rouse Rivers minor flooding

Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek minor flooding

Wilsons River minor flooding

Richmond River minor flooding

Orara River minor flooding

Bellinger and Kalang Rivers minor flooding

Nambucca River minor flooding

Flood warnings are current in the following catchments: Paroo and Lachlan.

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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