Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:50 am EST on Sunday 3 April 2022 Flood Watch Number: 3

Moderate to major flooding likely across East Gippsland from overnight Sunday into Monday.

A low pressure system tracking into eastern Bass Strait is bringing moderate to heavy and at times intense rainfall to East Gippsland and eastern parts of West and South Gippsland during Sunday and Monday morning.

Catchments across Gippsland are relatively wet. In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Sunday widespread rainfall totals of 30-80 mm have been recorded across Gippsland. Higher totals of up to 120 mm have been recorded across the Bemm and Cann catchments.

During the remainder of Sunday and Monday rainfall totals of 20-80 mm are forecast for parts of West, and East Gippsland with isolated totals of up to
100 mm and higher possible on the slopes east of Lakes Entrance with storms.

Moderate to major flooding likely across East Gippsland from overnight Sunday into Monday. Minor flooding possible across parts of West Gippsland and generalised flooding possible in the eastern parts of South Gippsland from Sunday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Avon River

Macalister River

Thomson River

South Gippsland Rivers

Flood warnings are current in the following catchments:

Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers, Snowy River, Tambo River, Mitchell 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