Road closures as waters rise

Willow Park at Rosedale inundated by the Latrobe River. File photo

Motorists are advised that significant rainfall has affected several roads in Gippsland, including the Bengworden Rd, Traralgon-Maffra Rd and Dargo Rd.

Flood watches are in place for most of Gippsland, with moderate flood warnings in place for catchments in Latrobe, Baw Baw and East Gippsland, and minor flood warnings in place for most of Wellington Shire.

Bengworden Rd, Meerlieu is closed north of Giles Rd at Tom Creek because of flooding.

Dargo Rd is closed at Iguana Creek and there is no alternative detour available.

Tyers Rd is currently closed at the Latrobe River Bridge because of flooding. The road will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, motorists should detour using Glengarry West Rd and Traralgon-Maffra Rd to travel between Tyers and Traralgon.

Speed reductions and lane closures are currently in place on the Great Alpine Rd at Rainy Creek near Tambo Crossing where a landslip has occurred because of significant rainfall.

Swan Reach Rd at Mossiface is also closed.

Minor flooding is occurring at Rosedale, with the Latrobe River currently at 4.17 metres and rising slowly. A flat peak is expected near 4.20 meters sometime today, and river levels will remain around this level for several days.

Southern Rural Water are releasing water from Lake Glenmaggie into the Macalister River, and is aiming to maintain the release below minor flood level, but may reach above minor flooding if the storage reaches full supply level.

Minor flooding has now eased along the Avon River at Stratford, which is currently at 4.03m and falling. It is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.5m) for the rest of today.

No further significant rainfall is forecast for the next few days.

It is never safe to enter floodwater. The water could be deeper than expected and the road surface may be damaged underneath. If motorists encounter flooding, they should turn around and find an alternative route.

Drivers should check the VicTraffic mobile app or website before travelling for updates on road closures and hazards. People can report on-road hazards to the Transport Operations Centre on 13 11 70 (open 24/7).

Victorians are allowed to move beyond the current travel limits to escape an emergency situation, regardless of current COVID-19 restrictions.

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