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Significant flood risk for New South Wales and Victoria


Issued: 5pm AEDT Thursday 6 October 2022

Heavy rainfall thunderstorms are forecast across southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania on Thursday and continuing over the weekend, leading to renewed and prolonged flooding.

Rain is likely to lead to renewed river level rises across many already flooded rivers in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and northern Tasmania with minor to major flooding likely, particularly across inland NSW.

A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds is still current for parts of north-west Tasmania.

Flood Watches are also current for many river catchments in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

From late Friday, the more intense system will bring widespread heavy rain over New South Wales, in particular the eastern half, including the western slope and ranges and the central and southern coast.

Renewed river rises and the possibility of flooding is expected with the rain. The Northern Rivers are not expected to be affected by river rises.

Numerous flood watches have been issued for both inland and central coastal regions of New South Wales, including major flooding for the following catchments:

  • Gwydir, Namoi, Macquarie, Lachlan, Belubula, Bogan
  • Wollombri Brook, Goulburn and Hunter rivers
  • Major flooding continues across Macquarie, Darling, Culgoa and Lachlan.
  • Many more catchments are listed for moderate and minor flooding.

Many communities are already experiencing flooding due to a wetter than usual spring and saturated soils.

The Bureau continues to monitor the situation closely and update forecasts and warnings regularly.

Communities should follow the advice of emergency services and stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on the Bureau's website and through the BOM Weather app by enabling notifications.