A SERVICE TO THE VICTORIAN COMMUNITY
Contained in this brochure is information about:
What is Flood Watch?
Flood Watch is a service provided by the Bureau of Meteorology to notify the Victorian community of the potential flood threat from a developing weather situation. It is an enhancement and replacement to the Flood Advice service previously provided by the Bureau.
What Information is in a Flood Watch?
Flood Watches will be issued for specific regions (eg: East Gippsland
or North East Victoria). They will make short generalised statements about
the developing weather situation including forecast rainfall totals, describe
the current state of the catchments and indicate the streams at risk from
flooding. Details on obtaining rain and stream level observations and access to updated Watches and Warnings will also be included.
“A low pressure system off the NSW southern coast is developing
and should move south over the weekend.
How will Flood Watch work?
Normally, the Bureau would
issue a Flood Watch 24 to 36 hours in advance of any likely flooding and
issue updates as required.
What does Flood Watch mean for me?
A Flood Watch means a flood is possible in your area. It is important to remember that a Flood Watch is not a warning of imminent flooding. Although there is uncertainty attached to a Flood Watch, its early dissemination can help individuals and communities to be better prepared should flooding eventuate. The most important benefit is being advised earlier of a developing situation that could lead to flooding.
A Flood Watch notifies people living or working along rivers and streams to monitor the latest forecasts and rain and stream level observations. They should also prepare to move livestock, themselves, and their possessions to higher ground should flooding develop.
How will I get Flood Watches?
Flood Watches will be provided through emergency services, local government and the media.
Flood Watches will also be available directly from the Bureau of Meteorology through:
What can I do now?
Further information can be obtained from the Australian Emergency Management
Historical pumpshed near the old Orbost Butter Factory. Showing the February 1971 flood level for the Snowy River. Photograph, source unknown.
For general information about the Bureau of Meteorology's flood warning services please contact
Telephone (03) 9669 4000
For local information relating to flooding, please contact your Local Council, Catchment Management Authority or SES Regional Office
State Emergency Service
This service is being provided with the support of the Victorian Flood Warning Consultative Committee.