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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 3:31 pm EST on Friday 11 July 2014
A complex low pressure system is located in the south Tasman Sea. A cold front
south of the Bight is moving northeastwards and is expected to reach
southwestern Victoria this evening then cross to the east of the State early
Saturday. A high pressure system will cross Bight waters on Saturday before
moving over western Victoria late on Sunday and gradually crossing to the east
of the State during Monday.

Showers are forecast for Saturday with rainfall totals of 10-20mm expected in
the Yarra, Dandenong and Bunyip catchments, falling as snow above 700 metres.

The Yarra, Dandenong and Bunyip catchments are saturated with elevated stream
levels at many locations as a result of recent rainfall. With the forecast
rainfall renewed rises are expected with the possibility of localised minor
flooding developing from late Saturday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with Melbourne Water will continue to
monitor the situation.

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:
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11am Saturday 12 July 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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