Issued: 2:00pm AEDT, Friday 14 October 2022
Major to record flooding is occurring or forecast on many rivers across Victoria and Tasmania. Moderate to Major flooding is still occurring along a number of rivers in inland New South Wales.
Communities, particularly those living on or near any rivers, creeks and streams or in low lying areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast and warnings via the Bureau’s website and BOM Weather app and follow the advice of emergency services. For all the latest warnings see National Warnings Summary and be sure to enable notifications for your location through the BOM Weather app.
Widespread significant flooding occurring across northern half of Tasmania and extending into Derwent catchment
The Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall and winds across northern Tasmania has been cancelled but rivers are still rising as floodwaters move downstream through Friday and across the weekend.
The situation is being monitoring and flood warnings will be updated as the flooding develops and peaks are forecast.
Current warning information as of 9:00am AEDT:
- Major flood warnings are current for Mersey, Meander, North Esk, Macquarie and River Ouse (in Derwent catchment)
- Flood peaks along the Meander River and Macquarie River at Cressy likely to be the highest on record.
- North Esk River at Corra Linn and Mersey River at Latrobe may peak around the June 2016 levels
- Moderate flood warnings are current for Forth and South Esk rivers
- Significant flooding is also occurring in coastal catchments in the north-west, north and north-east.
- A Flood Watch also continues for all North West, North and North East catchments and River Jordan.
The weather system that has brought heavy rain, has cleared to the east into the Tasman Sea.
Winds have eased along the east coast and North-easterly swells will gradually ease during the day Friday. A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Surf has been cancelled as conditions ease.
For all the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/ and be sure to enable notifications for your location through the BOM Weather app.
Check advice for your community from SES, including emergency warnings via Tasalert.com https://www.alert.tas.gov.au/
SES Tasmania warnings for communities are published on TasALERT.com and cover multiple hazards.
- 31 warnings are current at 9:00am AEDT Friday, including 5 Emergency Warnings for North Esk, Downstream of Lake Isandula Dam, Meander River and St Patricks River.
- For flood, SES Tasmania interpret the impacts of forecast river heights on communities, including identifying areas that may be inundated, and providing communities with advice on impacts and actions required.
Despite the easing rain, flood risk remains over coming days, with widespread moderate to major flooding expected across central and northern Victoria.
Major flooding is occurring in the Campaspe, Loddon, Ovens, Goulburn, Avoca, King, Broken, Maribyrnong Rivers and Seven and Castles Creeks, with warnings for anticipated major flooding current for the Werribee, Yarra and Barwon Rivers, and Mt Emu Creek.
Several additional minor to moderate Flood Warnings are current.
A Flood Watch is current for northern and parts of southern Victoria.
Mostly dry conditions are forecast for Monday and Tuesday but flooding impacts will continue.
Stay informed – Monitor weather warnings and forecasts at the Bureau of Meteorology website, or BOM weather app and warnings through Vic Emergency website or app.
New South Wales
Several inland New South Wales rivers are currently near or above major flood level, and many will remain at major flood level for an extended period.
Towns currently impacted by major flooding include Forbes, Wee Waa, Warren Town, Nanami, Jemalong and Barham.
Today, rain should clear in the afternoon with a few showers persisting over the southern inland parts of the state.
Mostly dry conditions are forecast across much of NSW over the weekend and into early next week.
With catchments saturated and most dams at capacity, waterways are very sensitive to rainfall, and flooding is expected to continue for several months.
For regional community advice, people should refer to NSW State Emergency Service notifications at https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/
Residents and communities living on or near any rivers, creeks and streams or in low lying areas, especially in northern Victoria, Tasmania and the Riverina of NSW are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast and warnings.
For all the latest warnings see National Warnings Summary