Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria
Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Flood Watch for Upper Yarra, Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland Rivers
Issued at 10:49 am EDT on Friday 8 November 2019
Flood Watch Number: 4
Areas of isolated minor flooding are possible across the Upper Yarra, Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland Rivers catchments during Friday into Saturday.
A cold front will cross Victoria on Friday. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast across the flood watch area during Friday and Saturday.
Catchments are relatively wet following recent rainfall. Rainfall totals of around 20-60mm have been observed across the affected catchments in the 24 hours to 9am Friday.
Rainfall totals of 10-20mm are forecast, with isolated higher totals up to 25mm, on Friday and similar amounts on Saturday. Snow level will fall to around 700m during Friday night.
River rises have been observed in response to the rainfall. Isolated minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area during Friday into Saturday.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
South Gippsland Rivers
Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek
Yarra River to Coldstream
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.
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11:00 am EDT on Saturday 09 November 2019.