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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - Western 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 the Glenelg and Hopkins Basins
Issued at 10:27 am EST on Thursday 22 August 2013
A cold front over central Victoria will clear away to the east this morning.
Another cold front is likely to cross southern Victoria tonight and early
Friday as the next high pressure system develops over the head of the Bight.
This high pressure system will move over southern NSW on Saturday, then to the
Tasman Sea later Sunday.

In the 24 hours to 9 AM Thursday rainfall totals up to 15mm were recorded in
the Glenelg and Hopkins Basins. Showers have been forecast for the south west
of the state over the coming days, however no significant widespread rainfall
is expected.

Stream levels are generally steady or receeding in the Glenelg, Portland and
Hopkins River catchments. Forecast rainfall is not expected to lead to
significant stream rises in these catchments over the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is monitoring 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://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/trafficalerts

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

Next Issue:
This Flood Watch will expire 10.30 AM Friday 23 August 2013.

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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