Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Initial Flood Watch for Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland Catchments

Issued at 10:13 am EDT on Tuesday 18 February 2020

Flood Watch Number: 1

Areas of minor flooding may develop across the Bunyip, Latrobe and South Gippsland river catchments during Wednesday.

A trough developing over western Victoria will move east during Tuesday, bringing showers and thunderstorms during the day. Severe thunderstorms are possible in central and eastern Victoria in the evening.

Catchments in the flood watch area are wet following recent rainfall and are likely to be responsive to further rain. Stream rises were observed in these catchments, as a result of the storms at the weekend.

Rainfall totals of 10-30 mm are forecast during Tuesday, with isolated higher totals up to 50 mm possible with storms.

With forecast rainfall and storms, river rises are expected and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area during Wednesday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

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.

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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:

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

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