Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:44 am EST on Thursday 30 September 2021 Flood Watch Number: 4

Minor flooding is possible from Thursday evening in the catchments of the flood watch area.

A low pressure system and an associated trough is slowly moving over Victoria on Thursday and Friday, before moving away to the east of Tasmania early on Saturday morning.

Catchments in the flood watch area are moderately wet. In the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, rainfall totals of 10 to 30 mm have been recorded with isolated heavy falls mainly around the Otway coast (Mt Cowley 123 mm) and West Gippsland (Cowwarr Weir 58 mm).

Widespread rainfall totals of 15 to 30 mm are expected in the watch area for the remainder of Thursday, with isolated heavier falls of 30 to 50 mm possible with thunderstorms. Further rainfall totals of 10 to 15 mm are forecast for Friday, with isolated heavier falls up to 30-50 mm.

River rises have been observed in the flood watch catchments from Wednesday.
Minor flooding is possible from Thursday evening at some locations.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Thomson River

Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Yarra River to Coldstream

Yarra River downstream of Coldstream

Werribee River

Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers

Otway Coast

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Kiewa River

Ovens and King Rivers

Broken River

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 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.


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