Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Initial Flood Watch for Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland Catchments
Issued at 10:13 am EDT on Tuesday 18 February 2020
Flood Watch Number: 1
Areas of minor flooding may develop across the Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland river catchments during Wednesday.
A trough developing over western Victoria will move east during Tuesday, bringing showers and thunderstorms during the day. Severe thunderstorms are possible in central and eastern Victoria in the evening.
Catchments in the flood watch area are wet following recent rainfall and are likely to be responsive to further rain. Stream rises were observed in these catchments, as a result of the storms at the weekend.
Rainfall totals of 10-30 mm are forecast during Tuesday, with isolated higher totals up to 50 mm possible with storms.
With forecast rainfall and storms, river rises are expected and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area during Wednesday.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
South Gippsland Rivers
Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek
The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as required.
See www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings to view the current warnings for Victoria.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
Flood Safety Advice:
Note: This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
SES advises that all community members should:
Never walk, ride or drive through floodwater, Never allow children to play in floodwater, Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains during and after heavy rain, Keep well clear of fallen power lines Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks, and heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
Current Emergency Information is available at http://emergency.vic.gov.au For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Current Road and Traffic Information is available at the VicRoads website:
For the latest weather forecast see http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/
River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/
Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are also available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.
Rainfall and River Conditions Map