Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 1:19 pm EDT on Thursday 22 October 2020
Flood Watch Number: 1
Minor flooding is possible in the flood watch area from Saturday morning onwards.
Tropical moisture associated with a low pressure trough will move down across the State during Friday and into Saturday. Heaviest rain for most of the State will likely be early evening Friday until Saturday morning, but from Friday evening to Saturday evening in the east.
Catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet from recent rainfall.
Widespread rainfall totals of 15-30 mm are forecast across the flood watch area for Friday, with an additional 15-30 mm forecast for Saturday. Isolated higher totals are possible on both days with storms, and in elevated areas (up to 50 mm on Friday and 50-80 mm on Saturday).
River rises are expected in the flood watch catchments in response to the forecast rain and minor flooding may develop from Saturday morning onwards.
A minor flood warning is current for the Kiewa River.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
South Gippsland Rivers
Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek
Yarra River to Coldstream
Yarra River downstream of Coldstream
Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
Ovens and King Rivers
Seven and Castle Creeks
Goulburn River upstream of Lake Eildon
Goulburn River Eildon to Seymour
Goulburn River downstream of 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:
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
Source: Bureau of Meteorology