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Major flooding continues across south-east Australia with more rain on the way


Issued: 4:30pm AEDT Monday 17 October 2022

Drier weather has returned to flood affected parts of Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales today, however floodwaters remain high and continue to rise at some locations.

Flooding is occurring on many river systems including:

Major flooding in Victoria (as of 8am AEDT Monday):

  • Wimmera River, Avoca River, Loddon River, Campaspe River, Goulburn River, Seven and Castle Creeks, Broken River, Murray River
  • Major flooding occurring at Shepparton, Charlton, Murchison and Barham.
  • Major flooding is expected at Echuca/Moama, possibly exceeding the 1993 flood level.
  • Moderate flooding at Seymour, Rochester

Major Flooding in New South Wales (as of 8am AEDT Monday):

  • Barwon and Darling Rivers, Macquarie River, Bogan River, Lachlan River, Murrumbidgee River.
  • Major flooding continues at Forbes, Tilpa, Warren

Minor to moderate flooding is current in Tasmania and will continue to ease in coming days.

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

Dry conditions will be short-lived, as widespread rain and storms are forecast across eastern Australia later this week.

Depending on how the weather systems move, severe thunderstorms are possible, with heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding being the main risk. Damaging winds and large hail are also possible.

Residents and communities living on or near any rivers, creeks and streams or in low lying areas, especially in southern Queensland, much of inland NSW, Victoria and northern Tasmania are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast and warnings.

For all the latest Warnings see National Warnings Summary (

Know you weather, know your risk. Communities should stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via our website and BOM Weather app and follow advice of emergency services.