Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:04 am EDT on Thursday 11 November 2021 Flood Watch Number: 4

MAJOR FLOODING POSSIBLE AROUND THE NORTH WEST SLOPES FROM THURSDAY

A trough of low pressure over western New South Wales will deepen to form a low pressure system on Thursday. This low will interact with very humid air to bring widespread rain to much of the state and heavy falls to the north.

Wet and stormy weather is expected over much of New South Wales from Thursday and is likely to cause local and minor to major flooding across NSW Catchments.
Areas of elevated flood risk include the North West Slopes where major flooding is possible.

Catchments are relatively wet from recent rainfall.

Widespread rainfall across NSW is expected from Thursday. Very intense rainfall rates are likely for some areas, most likely over the north. The heaviest rainfall is forecast to contract to the south east of the state through the weekend as the low moves offshore.

The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed from late Wednesday into the weekend. Flood classes are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Orara River minor flooding

Upper Macintyre River moderate to major flooding

Whalan and Gil Gil Creeks

Namoi River minor to moderate flooding

Orange, Molong and Bell River minor flooding

Lachlan River to Cotton's Weir minor to moderate flooding

Belubula River minor flooding

Tumut River minor flooding

Flood Warnings are current for the following catchments: Gwydir and Mehi Rivers, Lachlan River at Booligal and Macintyre, Dumaresq and Weir Rivers (Qld).
Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments:
Peel River, Castlereagh River, Macquarie River to Bathurst, Queanbeyan and Molonglo 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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