Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 5:38 pm EDT on Thursday 7 November 2019

Flood Watch Number: 3

Areas of minor flooding may develop across the Upper Yarra, Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland Rivers catchments from early Friday.

A cold front over central Victoria will cross the east of the State Thursday evening. This will be followed by several active cold fronts crossing the State over the next few days bringing showers and thunderstorms across the flood watch area.

Catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet following recent rainfall.

Three day accumulated rainfall totals from Thursday to Saturday across the affected catchments will be around 50-70mm. Snow level will fall to around 700m during Friday.

With forecast rainfall, river rises are expected from Thursday afternoon and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area from early Friday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Latrobe River
Traralgon Creek
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:

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.

Rainfall and River Conditions Map