VIC Flood Watch: Barwon, Otway Coast, Greater Melbourne, South and West Gippsland and North East Victoria

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:01 pm EDT on Monday 4 October 2021 Flood Watch Number: 8

Minor flood warnings are current for catchments in Central, North East and West Gippsland areas. Renewed river rises are likely from Monday to Thursday with forecast rainfall.

A cold front will cross Victoria overnight Monday into Tuesday. Another cold front is expected to move into Victoria's west on Wednesday night and cross the remainder of the State on Thursday morning.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Monday, rainfall totals of 5 to 15 mm have been recorded in the flood watch area.

With the first cold front crossing on Monday and Tuesday, rainfall totals of
10-20 mm are forecast for the Otways, Yarra and north east ranges. On Tuesday
15-30 mm has been forecast for the Otways, Yarra Ranges and South Gippsland.
With the cold front on Wednesday and Thursday rainfall totals of 10-15 mm have been forecast for the north east ranges, Barwon, Otways and West and South Gippsland.

Flood warnings are current for the Kiewa, Latrobe, Thomson and Yarra River catchments.

Renewed river rises are expected in rivers within the flood watch area, which may lead to isolated and minor flooding from late Monday onwards.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Macalister River

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers

Otway Coast

Ovens and King Rivers

Seven and Castle Creeks

Goulburn River upstream of Lake Eildon

Goulburn River Eildon to Seymour

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Traralgon Creek, Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers.

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:
http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Weather Forecast:
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.


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