Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Initial Flood Watch for Gippsland, parts of North East and central Victoria, and the Otway Coast

Issued at 10:55 am EDT on Thursday 11 November 2021 Flood Watch Number: 1

Flooding is expected across Gippsland, parts of North East and central Victoria, and the Otway Coast from Friday afternoon.

An inland low will move across Victoria from late Thursday bringing heavy rainfall to the flood watch area. Further rainfall is expected Sunday, as a vigorous cold front crosses the state.

Catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet.

Rainfall totals of 40-60 mm are forecast across the North East and Gippsland from Thursday into Friday, with higher totals of 60-80 mm possible across the Gippsland high country. Elsewhere, rainfall totals of 25-45 mm are forecast for the Otway Coast, and 15-30 mm are forecast for central parts of the state.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected across Gippsland catchments from Friday afternoon.
Minor flooding is possible across the rest of the flood watch area from Friday afternoon.

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

Yarra River downstream of Coldstream

Werribee River

Otway Coast

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.


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