Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:25 am EST on Thursday 10 May 2018

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding may develop from late Friday into Saturday in the Gippsland and Upper Yarra catchments.

A multi-centred low pressure complex forming near Tasmania today is expected to intensify as it moves just east of Bass Strait during Friday. The low will then gradually move eastwards across the Tasman Sea later Saturday and during Sunday.

Catchments within the Flood Watch area are dry. Rainfall totals of up to 25mm have been recorded in the Upper Yarra catchment during the last 24 hours.

During Friday and early Saturday, rainfall totals of around 20 to 30mm are expected for much of the Yarra catchment, with totals of 50 to 100mm across the Yarra Ranges.

Totals of 50 to 100mm are expected across the Gippsland catchments during Friday afternoon and Saturday, with higher falls of 125 to 150mm possible across the Gippsland Ranges.

A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain is current.

River rises are likely in response to the forecast rainfall, with the possibility of minor flooding developing from late Friday into Saturday in the Gippsland and Upper Yarra 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
Yarra River

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