Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
FLOOD WATCH FOR THE RICHMOND-WILSONS, CLARENCE, COFFS COAST, BELLINGER,
NAMBUCCA AND UPPER MACINTYRE VALLEYS
Issued at 8:29 am EDT on Thursday 30 March 2017
Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice for possible future flooding along
all rivers, creeks and overland flow paths within a nominated valley [See note
A cold front moving through NSW during Thursday will interact with moisture
from Tropical Cyclone Debbie, leading to widespread rain over the state's east.
Particularly heavy rain is expected in parts of the northeast on Thursday,
likely continuing into Friday as a low pressure trough deepens near the
This weather system has the potential to cause river flooding as well as local
flash flooding to develop along the following river valleys from Thursday
1. Richmond-Wilsons Valley - moderate to major flooding
2. Clarence Valley (including Orara) - moderate flooding
3. Coffs Coast - minor flooding
4. Bellinger Valley - minor to moderate flooding
5. Nambucca Valley - minor to moderate flooding
6. Upper Macintyre Valley - minor to moderate flooding
Flood warnings are current for Tweed River, Brunswick River and Bogan River. A
severe weather warning is current for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid
North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern
Tablelands Forecast Districts.
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. Across NSW,
about 70% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding.
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.
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/
This flood watch will be reviewed by 11am Friday [31/03/2017].
For latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/