Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 3:54 pm EDT on Tuesday 23 November 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor to moderate flooding is possible from overnight Thursday into Friday in catchments of the flood watch area.

From Wednesday into Friday, a broad low pressure trough, with a low to its north, will slowly cross Victoria, bringing tropical moisture from northern Australia.

Catchments in the flood watch area are generally wet due to recent rainfall.

For the three days from Wednesday to Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 50 to 80 mm are forecast across Victoria's eastern districts and 20 to 50 mm in the central districts. Isolated falls of 80 to 110 mm are possible, most likely about the Gippsland slopes.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected to develop from overnight Thursday into Friday in parts of the North East and Gippsland catchments. Minor flooding is possible from Friday afternoon onwards in the eastern Melbourne metropolitan catchments.

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

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Yarra River to Coldstream

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Kiewa River

Ovens and King Rivers

Seven and Castle Creeks

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