Weather Warnings – Potential Flood Alert 1
FLOOD WATCH FOR THE HAWKESBURY – NEPEAN, QUEANBEYAN MOLONGLO, MURRUMBIDGEE, LACHLAN AND MACQUARIE VALLEYS AND THE NSW SOUTH COAST FROM WEDNESDAY ONWARDS
Issued at 10:04 am EDT on Tuesday 28 February 2012
Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT
a Flood Warning [see note below].
A large rain band will will move into New South Wales on Tuesday and stall over
central parts of the state on Wednesday. This will bring heavy heavy rain to
the southern half of the state.
There is a greater than 70% of flooding developing in the following valleys
from this Wednesday onwards:
1. Nepean Hawkesbury – moderate flooding resulting in closure of the Richmond
and Windsor bridges on Thursday or Friday. Heaviest rain is expected in the
Wollondilly River catchment which will also affect Goulburn.
2. Queanbeyan Molonglo – moderate to major flooding.
3. Murrumbidgee – minor to moderate flooding. Cooma is likely to have major
flooding. Cootamundra Shire may also experience moderate to major flooding.
4. Lachlan – including Mandagery Creek and the Belubula River – minor to
5. Macquarie – Molong, Orange and the Bell River catchment – minor to moderate
6. Shoalhaven – minor to moderate flooding
7. South coast – including Bega and Moruya valleys – minor flooding.
Local flooding is also expected in the Lower Western district of the state
south of Tibooburra, White Cliffs and Cobar during Tuesday and Wednesday.
Severe Weather Warnings will be issued for these areas as the event unfolds.
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. Across NSW,
about 75% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding.
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/
This flood watch will be reviewed by 11:30 am Wednesday.
For latest rainfall and river level information see