Source: Bureau of Meteorology

This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.

Initial Flood Watch for catchments between Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast including the Dawson River catchment

Issued at 11:08 am EST on Friday 12 October 2018

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area during the weekend.

A significant rainfall situation is forecast to begin on Friday evening and continue during Saturday across the flood watch area. Showers and thunderstorms tending to rain areas are likely.

Catchment conditions are generally dry across the Watch area after a prolonged period of little rainfall which is expected to act as a buffer to significant runoff.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to begin across inland areas, including the Don, Dee and Upper Burnett River catchments from Friday evening and then extend further east to the coast during Saturday.

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area and isolated heavier rainfall may lead to localised flooding. As the northern and southern extents of the flood watch are expected to receive lower rainfall totals significant river level rises in these areas is less likely.

Rainfall totals and river level rises are expected to be less than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October 2017.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Dawson and Don Rivers

Calliope River

Boyne River

Baffle Creek

Kolan River

Burnett River

Burrum and Cherwell Rivers

Mary River

Noosa River

Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts.

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/

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