Flood watch and severe weather warning for West Gippsland
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 16:09, Wednesday 12 June 2013
WEST Gippsland has been issued with a severe weather warning and placed on flood watch by the Bureau of Meteorology ahead of forecast rains of up to 150mm.
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Heavy rain which could lead to flash flooding is forecast to develop over West, South and East Gippsland overnight and tomorrow.
Rain developing from late today is expected to continue tomorrow with heavy falls possible before easing to showers during Friday.
The Bureau has forecast rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm in West and South Gippsland catchments with higher totals possible in some areas.
The flood watch is an advisory message for possible future flooding and not a flood warning.
The Bureau will continue to monitor conditions and will release warnings as required.
The State Emergency Service has advised locals to not drive, ride or walk through flood water, to keep clear of creeks and storm drains and that recently fire-affected areas might present additional dangers.
“The SES advises that mountainous areas in the Alpine Range, including areas such as the region bound by Mt Buller, Mt Baw Baw and Combienbar have recently been affected by fires,” a SES spokesperson said in a media release.
“Rainfall run-off in these fire affected areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks. People in these areas should be alert to the potential for landslide and debris on roads.”
Visit bom.gov.au for details and up-to-date weather information. Emergency information is also accessible at ses.vic.gov.au.
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