Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:18 pm EDT on Thursday 2 April 2020 Flood Watch Number: 1

MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE ALONG THE BELL, BELUBULA RIVERS AND MANDAGERY CREEK

A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea, while a deepening trough lingers over inland New South Wales, and a second trough slips across the southeast of the state. This pattern is drawing humid air over much of the state leading to generally wet and unsettled conditions, with showers increasing to rain for many areas over the next few days.

This rainfall has the potential to cause localised and riverine flooding from late Friday onwards.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

Orange, Molong and Bell River minor to moderate flooding

Macquarie River d/s Burrendong Dam minor flooding

Belubula River minor to moderate flooding

Mandagery Creek minor to moderate flooding

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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