Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:28 am EST on Friday 29 April 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1


A trough is forecast over inland central and western parts of New South Wales and may bring heavy rainfall to the North West and Central West inland with a chance of thunderstorms, possibly severe during Friday into Saturday. This may cause minor flooding in the Central West and South West river catchments along the Bell and Belubula Rivers from Saturday into Sunday.

The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further catchment specific warnings if and when required.

Catchments conditions are average.

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

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Orange, Molong and Bell River minor flooding

Belubula River minor flooding

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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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For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately

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