AN ‘Initial Flood Watch’ alert has been issued for South Gippsland rivers.

Flooding is expected across Gippsland from Thursday afternoon with the highest risk in East Gippsland.

A low-pressure system will form off the southern NSW coast and is expected to bring rain to the flood watch area on Thursday and Friday.

Catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet.

From Thursday to Saturday, three-day rainfall totals of 120-200mm are forecast for far east Gippsland, 80-120mm for the Snowy and Tambo River catchments and 30-60 mm across the remainder of the flood watch area.

Minor flooding is likely across the rest of the flood watch area, with isolated moderate flooding possible.

Stay informed – monitor your local conditions and remain alert.

What you should do:

  • Decide what you and your family will do if flooding impacts you. For information on how to prepare go to ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe.
  • You should stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters and monitoring warnings.
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

Impacts in your area:

  • Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater.
  • Areas around rivers and streams may be flooded.

This message was issued by State Emergency Service.

The next update is expected by 09/12/2021 12.30pm or as the situation changes.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:

  • www.emergency.vic.gov.au
  • VicEmergency Hotline – freecall 1800 226 226
  • VicEmergency app
  • Facebook or Twitter (#vicfloods)
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

Accessibility:

The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.

  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.

More details at http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/19070/moreinfo.