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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - Central District

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 Greater Melbourne Catchments (Werribee, Maribyrnong, Yarra,
Dandenong And Bunyip)
Issued at 10:57 am EST on Wednesday 13 May 2015

In the 24 hours to 9AM Wednesday rainfall totals of up to 42mm have been
recorded in the Greater Melbourne catchments. A further 5-10mm of rain, with
locally higher totals up to 15mm, is forecast for the eastern catchments
(Yarra, Bunyip and Dandenong) for the rest of Wednesday. Showers will continue
on Thursday, but with only around 5mm forecast.

Stream rises have been observed in response to the recent rainfall. If the
forecast rainfall is in the higher range of the forecast, then isolated areas
of minor flooding may develop in the eastern catchments (Yarra, Bunyip and
Dandenong) overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

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

In the interests of community safety the SES suggests 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 by 2:00PM Thursday 14 May 2015.

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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