Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:01 am EST on Thursday 6 August 2020

Flood Watch Number: 1

FLOODING LIKELY FOR NSW SOUTH COAST COMMUNITIES FROM SATURDAY

Rainfall associated with a Coastal Low has the potential to cause minor riverine flooding along the Shoalhaven River and St Georges Basin. Moderate flooding is possible along the Moruya and Bega Rivers from Saturday.

A complex low pressure system currently lies over northern parts of South Australia, while a weak high pressure ridge lies over the east of the state. This low will enter the far northwest this evening, and then move southeast across the remainder of the state during Friday, accompanied by wet, windy and cold conditions. During the weekend, focus will shift towards southeastern New South Wales, as the low reaches the Tasman Sea, bringing heavy rain to the South Coast.

Catchments likely to be affected by flooding are currently near saturation following rainfall earlier in the previous weeks.

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:

Shoalhaven Riverminor flooding
St Georges Basinminor flooding
Clyde River
Moruya and Deua Riversminor to moderate flooding
Tuross River
Bega Rivermoderate flooding
Towamba River

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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