Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments

Initial Flood Watch for North East Victoria, Upper Yarra and parts of Gippsland

Issued at 11:48 am EDT on Friday 16 October 2020 Flood Watch Number: 1

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

A low pressure trough will linger over northwest Victoria today as a high pressure system moves rapidly eastward across Tasmania. A low is expected to develop along the trough over western Victoria overnight Friday into Saturday, moving eastwards across the State during the day.

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

Widespread rainfall totals of 10-25 mm are forecast across the flood watch area for Friday, with 20-40 mm forecast for Saturday. Isolated higher totals are possible on both days with storms, and in elevated areas.

River rises are expected in the flood watch catchments in response to the forecast rain and minor flooding may develop from Saturday morning 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 to view the current warnings for Victoria.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service:

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 For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Current Road and Traffic Information is available at the VicRoads website:

Weather Forecast:
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River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at

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