Flood Watch

A Flood Watch provides early advice of potential riverine flooding to emergency services and communities at risk of flooding. Flood Watches are issued when the combination of forecast rainfall and catchment or other hydrological conditions indicate that there is a significant risk of potential flooding.

Flood Warning

Flood Warnings are issued by the Bureau to advise that flooding is occurring or expected to occur in a geographical area based on defined criteria. Flood Warnings may include either qualitative or quantitative predictions or may include a statement about future flooding that is more generalised. The type of prediction provided depends on the quality of real-time rainfall and river level data, the capability of rainfall and hydrological forecast models and the level of service required.

Reporting or alert level

Water level rises to this level may cause the isolation of stock in very low-lying areas. Typically below the minor flood class level, this is the level at which a river alert is issued (where available).

Predicted River Height

Height (in metres) to which the river is predicted to rise at the river gauge referred to in the warning. The actual depth of flood water will vary across the floodplain. Knowledge of past flood events, as well as estimates of flood levels from flood studies, are used by local Councils, emergency services and landowners to determine which areas are likely to be flooded from the predicted river height. The accuracy of these predictions will depend on a number of factors, including the type of flood forecasting model and its input data. Predicted river heights are subject to forecasting error and are regularly updated as more information becomes available during a flood event.

Observed River Height

Depth of water (in metres) at a river height measuring gauge located along the river. In most cases, a zero reading is the lowest water level that is reached during dry conditions. In many tidal areas, as well as a few inland areas, river levels are expressed in metres above mean sea level or Australian Height Datum (AHD).

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Meaning of evacuation warnings and orders

EVACUATION WARNING

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When flooding is likely to cut evacuation routes or inundate property, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) may issue an Evacuation Warning as a ‘heads up’ to prepare for possible future evacuation.

Being prepared will allow you to respond quickly if flooding is about to happen. An Evacuation Warning will allow you time to prepare now before a possible Evacuation Order is issued, when you may have to leave immediately.

Click the link to view the Evacuation Warning fact sheet.

To prepare for possible evacuation:
  • Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage
  • Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level
  • Activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementos. Place them in your Emergency Kit
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services

EVACUATION ORDER

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When flooding is about to happen and you are required to evacuate, the SES will issue an Evacuation Order advising people of what to do and where to go. These orders are authorised by the local SES Region Controller.

Click the link to view the Evacuation Order fact sheet.

There are a number of ways you might hear about the need to evacuate including:
  • Doorknock by SES or Police
  • Radio stations
  • Automated telephone and/or SMS

You must evacuate immediately. Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life and those of emergency service volunteers and workers at risk. You should try to seek shelter with family or friends well away from flood impacted areas. In larger floods, evacuation centres may be established.

When you leave:
  • Turn off the electricity and gas at the mains before you leave and turn off and secure any gas bottles
  • Take your pets with you
  • Never enter or travel through floodwater
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Follow your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
  • Follow all instructions given by emergency services

Our advice is to leave early as roads may become congested or access routes may be cut.

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Privacy

NSW Public Works is a division of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI).

This NSW Public Works website is maintained by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory. This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on this site located at www.floodsnearm.com.au DFSI does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to this site. If you have any questions about this site, or the application of this Privacy Policy or a request for access to information held please contact:

  • Privacy Coordinator
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Users of this site are entitled to expect that any information collected as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the NSW Government's privacy responsibilities and obligations. The NSW Government's privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

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  • Privacy Coordinator
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • 2-24 Rawson Place
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • Ph: (02) 9372 8013

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