Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:03 am EDT on Thursday 28 October 2021 Flood Watch Number: 1

Heavy rainfall is expected from Thursday afternoon over South West Victoria, which may cause flooding in parts of South West Victoria.

A trough over western Victoria is expected to intensify into a low pressure system over western Victoria later today. The intense low will move into central Bass Strait and then quickly move away to the southeast during Friday as a high south of WA extends a ridge towards Victoria.

This weather system will cause rainfall and thunderstorms over South Western Victoria overnight Thursday into Friday.

Catchments in South West Victoria are wet from recent rain, particularly in the Otways.

Rainfall totals of 30 to 60mm are likely overnight Thursday into Friday.

Minor flooding and rapid river rises are possible over South West Victoria from Thursday into Friday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers

Hopkins River

Lake Corangamite

Otway Coast

Portland Coast

Glenelg River

Limestone and Millicent Coast Rivers and Creeks

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:
For the latest weather forecast see

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

Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are also available
on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.

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