Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.
Initial Flood Watch for The Bellinger, Upper Macintyre, Gwydir and Castlereagh Rivers

Issued at 11:18 am EDT on Tuesday 18 January 2022

Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING POSSIBLE IN THE BELLINGER, UPPER MACINTYRE, GWYDIR AND CASTLEREAGH RIVERS FROM WEDNESDAY

A trough will linger over the northern interior districts of New South Wales over the coming days, bringing widespread showers and storms. A secondary trough is set to linger near the far west of the state into the weekend, bringing renewed unsettled conditions.

Catchments conditions are average to wet following rainfall in recent weeks.

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

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Bellinger and Kalang Rivers
minor flooding

Upper Macintyre River
minor flooding

Gwydir River
minor flooding

Castlereagh River
minor 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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