East Gippsland still on flood alert

Updated 6pm 15/6/13:

AFTER heavy rainfall in most areas over the last few days, East Gippsland is now very wet and soils saturated.

The SES has advised that for the next few days to weeks, it would not take a lot of follow up rain for the run-off to turn into flooding of some level.

The soggy soils also increase the chance of landslips or falling trees over the next week or so.

The SES has advised community members to stay aware of the conditions around themselves,  their families, neighbours and friends.

Drive with great care and stay tuned to weather reports for the next few weeks.

Because of the easing rain conditions across most of Gippsland, the flood incident control centres at Bairnsdale and Traralgon will be closed Saturday afternoon.

SES volunteers and staff across Gippsland will continue monitoring the situation closely for the next few days as required.

In bushfire affected areas there will be an increased risk of landslips and trees falling for several days while the ground is still wet.

The Raymond Island ferry service is out of operation from Wednesday, June 12 to Tuesdeay, June 18 inclusive. This planned outage is to complete the buffer works on the island side and is not due to the flood event.

In the past 24 hrs the following rainfall totals have been recorded:

Mt Elizabeth 81mm

Gelantipy AWS 57mm

Omeo 4.8mm

Swifts Creek 5mm

Buchan 62mm

Glenaladale 17mm

Briagolong 94mm

Thomson River catchment

MINOR flood warning is current.

In the 24 hours to 9am Saturday rainfall totals of up to 10mm were recorded in the Thomson River catchment. Rainfall totals of up to 10mm have been forecast for the remainder of Saturday.

Rivers have now peaked in the Upper Thomson catchment, however minor flooding is continuing around Wandocka. Minor flooding is expected to develop around Sale Wharf.

Thomson River upstream of Macalister River Junction

The Thomson River at upstream Cowwarr Weir peaked at 4.3m (minor flood mevel 3.65m) at around 8am Friday. The river at this location fell below the Minor Flood level early Saturday morning.

Southern Rural Water has advised releases from Cowwarr Weir (Rainbow Creek) were around 4200 megalitres per day and falling.

The Thomson River at Wandocka peaked around the moderate flood level (6.5m). The river at this location is expected to fall below the minor flood level (6.2m) during Saturday.

The Thomson River at Sale Wharf is expected to peak around the minor flood level (2.4m) overnight Sunday into Monday.

South Gippsland catchment

FINAL flood warning is current.

Rainfall has eased in South Gippsland, with rainfall totals since 9am Friday below 5mm.

Some stream rises are occurring in South Gippsland, but no further flooding is expected.

The Merrimans Creek at Seaspray is currently around 1.0 metres and slowly rising, but is not expected to exceed 1.8 metres.

Latrobe River catchment

MINOR flood warning is current.

In the 24 hours until 9am Saturday, rainfall totals of less than 10mm have been recorded in the Latrobe River catchment. During Saturday, further rainfall totals below 10mm are expected.

Minor flooding is occurring in the Latrobe River catchment around Rosedale.

The Tanjil River at Tanjil Junction is now below the Minor Flood Level (1.5m) and continuing to fall.

The Latrobe River at Thom’s Bridge peaked below the minor flood level (4m) overnight Friday.

The Latrobe River is rising and is expected to exceed the minor flood level (4metres) during Saturday morning. The Latrobe River at Rosedale will remain around the Minor Flood Level into early next week.

Avon River catchment

FINAL minor flood warning is current.

Rainfall has eased and river levels are below minor flood level and falling in the Avon River catchment.

The Avon River at the Channel peaked at 3.5m (minor flood level 5m) around 5pm Friday and is continuing to fall.

The Avon River at Stratford peaked at 3.75m (minor flood level 4.5m) around 3am Saturday morning and is continuing to fall.

Mitchell River catchment

MINOR flood warning is current.

Peaking at Waterford just below the minor level.

Bairnsdale will reach minor (4m) Saturday afternoon, peaking around 4.4 m overnight Saturday.

Rural roads and farmland around Lindenow and Bairnsdale will be flooded.

Tambo River catchment

FINAL flood warning is current.

Ramrod Creek has peaked below minor and is falling slowly.

Rural roads and farmland below Bruthen will be impacted.

Snowy River catchment

MINOR flood warning is current.

Minor level at Jarrahmond will peak around midday and remain around minor until Saturday afternoon/evening

At Orbost, the river will rise to just above minor flood level, peaking Saturday afternoon and is expected to remain at minor through until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bemm, Cann and Genoa rivers

FINAL flood warning is current

Bemm River has peaked at around 13.1m and now falling.

Cann River will rise to moderate or just below moderate today. Rural roads and farmland will be impacted along with Caravan Park in Cann River.

Genoa River is below minor and not expected to rise above minor.

Gippsland Lakes

NO flood warnings are in place for the Gippsland Lakes at this time, but residents and tourists are advised to check the SES and BoM websites over the   coming days as the floodwater continues to move towards the coast.

Lake levels will continue to rise and fall over the next few days. However, normal high tide – low tide changes will not be as noticeable as the  floodwater flows  into the Lakes.

The Lake level is expected to peak early Monday morning and is expected  to rise to just below minor flood level. Nuisance flooding around car parks, boat ramps and boardwalks is very likle