Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 2:18 pm EST on Thursday 14 September 2017

In the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, rainfall totals of 5 to 20 mm were recorded in the Greater Melbourne catchments, with the higher totals up to 27mm recorded in the Yarra and Bunyip catchments.

Further rainfall is forecast with totals of 15 to 20 mm for the remainder of Thursday and 20 to 30 mm during Friday in the Greater Melbourne catchments, with localised higher falls possible.

Catchments are wet after recent rain. Forecast rainfall may lead to stream rises and minor flooding is possible during the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with Melbourne Water will continue to monitor the situation and issue catchment specific warnings if and when required.

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. Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service. For detailed explanation see http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/brochures/flood_watch/flood_watch.shtml

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/

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