Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:59 am EDT on Saturday 17 October 2020 Flood Watch Number: 2

Minor flooding is possible in the flood watch area from Saturday afternoon onwards.

A trough is crossing Victoria today with a low moving southeast across Bass Strait. A high pressure system is moving over the Bight to extend a ridge over the southwest tonight.

In the 24 hours to 11:00 am, widespread rainfall totals of 20-40 mm have been recorded on the elevated parts of the flood watch area, with some higher totals up to 85 mm.

Widespread rainfall totals of 5-10 mm are forecast across the flood watch area for the remainder of Saturday, with 10-20 mm on the ranges. Higher isolated totals up to 30 mm are possible with thunderstorms.

Rivers have started to rise. Minor flooding may develop in some locations from Saturday afternoon onwards.

A minor flood warning is current for the Kiewa River.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Mitchell River

Macalister River

Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

South Gippsland Rivers

Yarra River to Coldstream

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Ovens and King Rivers

Seven and Castle Creeks

Goulburn River upstream of Lake Eildon

Goulburn River Eildon to Seymour

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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