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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - West Gippsland

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria

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 11:08 am EST on Saturday 12 July 2014
In the 24 hours to 9AM Saturday rainfall totals of 10 to 20mm have been
recorded in the Western parts of West & South Gippsland catchments. Since 9AM
no significant rainfall has been recorded.

Showers are forecast for Saturday with rainfall totals of 5-15mm possible in
the western parts of West & South Gippsland catchments, falling as snow above
700 metres.

Renewed stream rises have been observed in the Latrobe and South Gippsland
catchment as a result of the recorded rainfall. With the forecast rainfall
further rises are possble however flooding is not expected to develop.

At this stage no flooding is expected to develop in the Gippsland Lakes.

The Bureau of Meteorology will continue to monitor the situation and will 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

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.

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

Next Issue:
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
659217.

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