Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:15 pm EDT on Sunday 27 February 2022

Flood Watch Number: 6

MAJOR FLOODING POSSIBLE IN THE TWEED, WILSONS, RICHMOND, CLARENCE AND ORARA RIVERS FROM LATE SUNDAY

Major Flood warnings are current for the Tweed, Wilsons, Richmond, Clarence and Orara Rivers. This will impact communities including Tumbulgum, Lismore and Grafton.

A slow moving coastal trough extends from southern Queensland into northern NSW, and is expected to deepen and form a low pressure system off the NSW coast later Sunday, producing widespread heavy rainfall with areas of locally intense rainfall associated with embedded thunderstorms.

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

The weather system is expected to cause renewed riverine flooding for the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast catchments from Sunday and for the Queanbeyan River catchment and parts of the South Coast catchments from Monday. 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
moderate to major flooding

Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek
minor to moderate flooding

Wilsons River
moderate to major flooding

Richmond River
moderate to major flooding

Clarence River
moderate to major flooding

Orara River
moderate to major flooding

Coffs Coast
minor flooding

Bellinger and Kalang Rivers
minor to moderate flooding

Nambucca River
minor to moderate flooding

Macleay River
minor flooding

Hastings River
minor flooding

Moruya and Deua Rivers
minor to moderate flooding

Tuross River

Bega River
minor to moderate flooding

Towamba River

Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers

Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers
minor flooding

Flood warnings are current in the following catchments: Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond, Wilsons, Clarence, Orara, Bellinger, Nambucca, Deua, Snowy, 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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