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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 10:13 am EDT on Sunday 7 December 2014
A low pressure trough is located over eastern Victoria and a low pressure
system is expected to form off the Gippsland coast today. The low will drift
southwards on Monday and the trough will contract to the east of the State.

Rainfall totals since 9AM Saturday ranged from 20 to 40 mm in the west and 50
to 80 mm in the eastern parts of the region with isolated totals of 116 mm at
Mt Moornappa and Reves Knob. Rainfall totals of 20-30mm are forecast for the
West and South Gippsland catchments over a 6-hour period during Sunday with the
highest totals possible closer to the coast.

In response to the recorded rain significat stream rises are occuring in parts
of the Thomson and Macalister catchments. A Minor Flood Warning is current for
the Thomson River.

Based on the forecast rainfall additional areas of minor flooding may develop
in the West and South Gippsland catchments during Sunday.

No flooding is expected to develop in the Gippsland Lakes.

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing 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:
This Flood Watch will expire around 9AM Monday 8 December 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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