Meteorological Office records 36mm downpour in Launceston | Examiner



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Watersheds surrounding Launceston are expected to remain flooded or at a high level for the next few days after near-record rainfall drenched the state over the weekend. The downpour caused the closure of at least 15 Tasmanian roads on Sunday and resulted in minor flooding on the Carrick, Bridgenorth and Birralee roads. READ MORE: Appeals in honor of Indigenous Elder Aunt Phyllis. Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Brooke Oakley said the total 24-hour precipitation in the Launceston area reached between 25 and 50mm, while the city of Launceston recorded 36mm. READ MORE: Meet Deloraine’s mother working to end isolation of rural mothers The downpour was still a long way from reaching the record for October daily precipitation of 42mm, which occurred on October 9 1992. Several 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 major watersheds surrounding the Launceston area had all been affected by flooding of varying degrees. On Sunday, a moderate flood warning was issued for the South Esk and Macquarie rivers, as well as a minor flood warning for the North Esk and Meander rivers. Ms Oakley said that due to the number of different points at which BOM had gauges positioned along each of these rivers, it was difficult to accurately measure by how much the water levels in each of the rivers had risen. “They peak at different times and have different set heights for what is moderate and what is excessive,” she said. “Most of the precipitation has ended or is decreasing, so generally the flooding will start to decrease in the next few days.” On Sunday, she thought most of the flooding had already peaked or should do so later today. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:





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