Bureau of Meteorology records 36mm downpour in Launceston | The Examiner

Date: 2021-10-25 00:27:43

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Launceston’s surrounding river catchments are expected to remain flooded or at a high level across the coming days after near-record-breaking rainfall soaked the state over the weekend. The downpour caused at least 15 Tasmanian roads to be closed on Sunday, and resulted in minor flooding on roads at Carrick, Bridgenorth and Birralee. READ MORE: Calls to honour Aboriginal elder Aunty Phyllis Forecasts show rain easing within the coming days, with only a 10 per cent chance of rain expected on Monday before dropping to zero on Tuesday. Bureau of Meteorology Senior Meteorologist Brooke Oakley said that the Launceston area’s 24-hour rainfall total reached between 25 and 50mm, while the city of Launceston experienced 36mm. READ MORE: Meet Deloraine mum working to end isolation of rural mothers “The rain that has hit the area since 9am Saturday to 9am Sunday is the highest daily rainfall total since the fifth of August last year,” she said. The downpour was still some way off reaching October’s daily rainfall record of 42mm which occurred on October 9, 1992. Multiple flood warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday were still active on Sunday, with the addition of a few more. Each of the four main river catchments that surround the Launceston area had all been affected by flooding of different degrees. On Sunday there was a moderate flood warning for the South Esk and Macquarie Rivers as well as a minor flood warnings for the North Esk and Meander Rivers. Ms Oakley said that due to the number of different points that BOM had gauges positioned at along each of these rivers, it was difficult to accurately measure how much the water levels of each of the rivers had risen by. “They peak at different times and have different defined heights for what is moderate and what is immoderate,” she said. “Most of the rainfall has finished or is easing, so generally the flooding will begin to recede in the coming days.” On Sunday, she believed most flooding had either already peaked or would be expected to peak later that day. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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