Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:59 am EST on Wednesday 21 August 2019

Flood Watch Number: 4

Areas of isolated minor flooding may develop across the Upper Yarra, Bunyip and South Gippsland catchments from Wednesday. A minor flood warning is current for the Latrobe River.

A strong and unstable west to southwesterly airstream will persist across the State until Thursday as a series of cold fronts cross southern Victoria.

Catchments are wet from the recent rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, rainfall totals of 5-15 mm were observed across the flood watch area, with higher totals up to 40 mm were recorded in the elevated areas.

Stream rises are occurring in some of the catchments as a result of the observed rainfall.

Up to 5 mm rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Wednesday. A further 15-20 mm are forecast for early Thursday morning.

Showers are expected to clear during Friday.

With observed and forecast rainfall, areas of isolated minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area from Wednesday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Traralgon Creek
South Gippsland Rivers
Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek
Yarra River to Coldstream

Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: Latrobe River

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