Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Note: This Flood Watch is a heads-up for possible future flooding and is NOT a
Flood Warning (see note below)
Flood Watch for West and South Gippsland (Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister, Avon
and South Gippsland Rivers, and Gippsland Lakes)
Issued at 10:16 am EST on Saturday 16 September 2017
In the 24 hours to 9 am Saturday, rainfall totals of up to 30 mm have been
recorded in the West and South Gippsland catchments. Rain has now eased and no
significant rain is forecast for the remainder of the weekend.
Stream rises have been observed in response to the rainfall overnight and a
minor flood warning is current for the Latrobe River catchment.
No flooding is expected in the Gippsland Lakes.
The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue
further 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
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/
No further flood watches will be issued for this event.
Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, 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 available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300