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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - East Gippsland

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria

Flood Watch for East Gippsland (Mitchell, Tambo, Snowy, Cann and Genoa Rivers,
and Gippsland Lakes)
Issued at 9:42 am EST on Tuesday 19 August 2014
A low pressure system off the central NSW coast has resulted in continued
rainfall during Monday and overnight into Tuesday.

In the 24 hour period to 9 AM Tuesday rainfall totals of up to 117mm have been
recorded in the East Gippsland catchments. Further rainfall totals of 10-15mm
have been forecast for the remainder of Tuesday.

River rises have been recorded in the East Gippsland catchments due to the
preceding rainfall. Based on current river conditions and the forecast
rainfall, isolated minor flooding may develop in the East Gippsland catchments
during Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue
catchment specific warnings if 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

In the interests of community safety the SES suggests the following precautions:
Don't walk, ride or drive through floodwater,
Don't allow children to play in floodwater,
Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains, and
Keep well clear of fallen power lines

Current Emergency Information is available at http://www.ses.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/

The SES advises that rainfall run-off into waterways in recent fire affected
areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks. People in fire
affected areas should also be alert to the potential for landslide and debris
on roads.

Recent fire affected areas include;
East Gippsland Yalmy and Brodribb River, the Upper reaches of the Delegate
River. The Snowy River Estuary and low lying farm land at Jarrahmond, Bete
Belong, Orbost and Marlo, parts of the Bemm and Timbarra River catchments.

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecast see http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts

Next Issue:
This Flood Watch will expire at 10AM Wednesday 20 August 2014.

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
659217.

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