Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:26 pm EDT on Friday 1 April 2022 Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor to moderate flooding likely across parts of Gippsland with major flooding possible in the Cann and Genoa catchments during Sunday.

A low pressure system tracking into eastern Bass Strait is likely to bring moderate to heavy rainfall to parts of West, South and East Gippsland during Saturday and Sunday.

Catchments across Gippsland are relatively wet. In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Friday widespread rainfall totals of 5-20 mm have been recorded across Gippsland with isolated totals of up to 50 mm.

During Saturday and Sunday rainfall totals of 30-80 mm are forecast for parts of West, and East Gippsland with 80-150 mm on the slopes east of Lakes Entrance. Higher isolated totals are possible.

Minor to moderate flooding likely across parts of West and East Gippsland from overnight Saturday into Sunday with major flooding possible in the Cann and Genoa catchments during Sunday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers

Snowy River

Tambo River

Mitchell River

Avon River

Macalister River

Thomson River

South Gippsland Rivers

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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