Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:45 am EST on Sunday 8 September 2019

Flood Watch Number: 3

A minor flood warning is current for the Bunyip River. Additional areas of minor flooding may develop across the Upper Yarra, Latrobe, Thomson and South Gippsland catchments during Sunday and into Monday.

A deep low pressure system over the Tasman Sea will continue moving east during Sunday. A cold front to the west will move eastwards across Victoria during Sunday afternoon and evening.

Catchments in the Flood Watch area are wet following recent rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Sunday, rainfall totals of 5-10 mm were recorded across the Flood Watch area, with an isolated higher total of 25 mm at Mount Baw Baw.

Rainfall totals of 10-15 mm, with isolated higher totals up to 30 mm in elevated areas, are forecast for the Flood Watch area for Sunday. Rain will fall as snow above 700 metres.

River rises are occurring as a result of the rainfall observed on Friday and Saturday. With forecast rainfall, further river rises are expected during Sunday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Thomson River

Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

South Gippsland Rivers

Yarra River to Coldstream

Yarra River downstream of 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