Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Flood Watch for Gippsland and parts of North East and central Victoria

Issued at 10:43 am EST on Wednesday 9 June 2021

Flood Watch Number: 2

Flooding is expected across Gippsland and parts of North East and central Victoria from late Wednesday evening.

An East Coast Low will bring heavy rainfall to Gippsland and the North East and central ranges during Wednesday and Thursday.

Catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet.

Widespread rainfall totals of 70-100 mm are expected across Gippsland, with up to 150-250 mm possible about the ranges. Rainfall totals of 40-80 mm are forecast for the remainder of the flood watch area through Wednesday and Thursday. The heaviest rain will be across West and South Gippsland.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected across West Gippsland and the Mitchell and Yarra river catchments from late Wednesday evening into Thursday. Major flooding is likely in some locations.

Minor flooding is possible across the rest of the flood watch area in East Gippsland, North East and central Victoria. Flooding is also possible for the Gippsland Lakes from Friday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers

Snowy River

Tambo River

Mitchell River

Avon River

Macalister River

Thomson River

Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

Gippsland Lakes

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Yarra River to Coldstream

Yarra River downstream of Coldstream

Maribyrnong River

Werribee River

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Kiewa River

Ovens and King Rivers

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.

Rainfall and River Conditions Map