Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Initial Flood Watch for the Belubula, Bell, Macquarie, Bogan and Murrumbidgee Rivers

Issued at 11:42 am EST on Friday 3 September 2021 Flood Watch Number: 1


Moderate to heavy rainfall associated with a strong cold front is expected to move across NSW over the weekend. This has the potential to cause local and minor to moderate riverine flooding in Central West and South West River catchments.

Catchments in the south and central west are saturated following the passage of previous frontal systems.

The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed for Saturday into Sunday and Monday as the system moves to the northeast. Flood Classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Macquarie River to Bathurst minor flooding

Orange, Molong and Bell River minor flooding

Turon and Macquarie Rivers to Burrendong Dam minor flooding

Macquarie River d/s Burrendong Dam minor flooding

Bogan River minor flooding

Belubula River moderate to major flooding

Mandagery Creek minor flooding

Tumut River minor flooding

Upper Murrumbidgee River to Burrinjuck Dam and Cooma Ck minor flooding

Murrumbidgee River to Wagga Wagga minor flooding

Snowy River minor flooding

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers minor to moderate flooding

Flood Warnings are current for the following catchments: Lachlan River.

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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.

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