NSW Flood Watch: Inland NSW Central and South West Catchments

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:43 pm EST on Thursday 4 August 2022 Flood Watch Number: 3

MINOR TO MAJOR FLOODING POSSIBLE IN THE CENTRAL WEST AND SOUTH WEST FROM LATE THURSDAY

A series of troughs and a cold front are causing vigorous winds across southeast NSW, as well as the potential for heavy rainfall during Thursday and into Friday before easing as the front will continues offshore. This may cause minor to moderate flooding along the Castlereagh, Bell, Macquarie, Belubula, Bogan and Queanbeyan Rivers, with Moderate to Major flooding possible along the Lachlan, Tumut and Murrumbidgee Rivers from late Thursday.

Renewed flooding is possible along the Bogan and Lachlan Rivers where flood warnings are current.

A Flood Watch is current in Victoria for the Upper Murray River.

A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall is current for the Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and parts of Hunter, South Coast, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and Metropolitan Forecast Districts.

Soil moisture conditions are average to wet.

The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further catchment specific warnings if and when required.

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

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Castlereagh River minor flooding

Macquarie River to Bathurst minor flooding

Orange, Molong and Bell River minor to moderate flooding

Turon and Macquarie Rivers to Burrendong Dam minor flooding

Macquarie River d/s Burrendong Dam minor to moderate flooding

Bogan River minor flooding

Lachlan River to Cotton's Weir minor to major flooding

Belubula River minor to moderate flooding

Mandagery Creek minor flooding

Tumut River moderate to major flooding

Murrumbidgee River to Wagga Wagga minor to major flooding

Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers minor flooding

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Flood Warnings are current for the following catchments: Bogan, Lachlan, Narran and Darling Rivers

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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