Sever weather warning: updates from our community

November 30, 2017

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are expected for people in Central, Northern Country, North Central, North East and Forecast Districts.'

A large high pressure system near New Zealand continues to direct a hot and humid northeasterly airstream over Victoria. A trough of low pressure crossing the Bight will reach western Victoria late today then become slow moving.

A low pressure system will develop on the trough over northwestern Victoria on Friday then drift slowly southeastwards over the weekend. Milder, less humid southerly winds will develop behind the low, as a new high pressure system forms in the Bight.

Heavy and scattered thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are likely to develop in the far west tonight before extending across the remaining parts of the State during Friday. The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.

Three day totals of around 100-200mm are expected across most of northern and central regions of the State. Elsewhere totals are likely to be between 30 and 100mm. Over the northeast ranges totals may exceed 250mm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  • Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water; 
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains; 
  • Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks; 
  • Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads; 

Steph Ryan: Stay alert for floods

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is reminding the region to stay alert and listen to advice from emergency services.

“I urge everyone to stay alert and put their safety first over the next few days,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan was today briefed by Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley and SES deputy controller Tim Wiebusch about the weekend ahead.

“The heaviest rain is expected over our region – including the north east, north central and northern country,” Ms Ryan said.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant, drive to the conditions, take extra care on our county roads and where possible delay travel plans until weather conditions have subsided.”

Goulburn- Murray Water: Preparation for significant rain event

GMW Managing Director Pat Lennon said the Customer Operations Team is monitoring the situation closely and working with storage staff, BoM and SES representatives. 

“Some of GMW’s water storages are already near capacity and others may receive significant inflows. We are currently preparing for the forecast conditions in accordance with our operational arrangements,” he said. 

GMW customers are reminded that before pumping any excess flood water from their property into GMW irrigation or drainage channels, they must first seek permission from a planner via WaterLINE on 1300 469 469.

This is to ensure that additional water pumped into these systems does not exceed the channel capacity and cause additional flooding. 

VicRoads: Preparing for wet weather and flooding 

VicRoads reminds all road users of the importance of taking extreme care in difficult driving conditions.  

When the bad weather arrives consider whether your travel is essential as some roads may close and areas of the region could be cut off.

Consider your needs now, stock up on essentials before the bad weather arrives. Only travel if it is absolutely essential. 

If you see any problems on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 (open 24/7). 

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