Flood watch is issued

A flood watch has been issued for the Latrobe and Thomson rivers, with farmers being urged to consider moving livestock and machinery to higher ground.

The State Emergency Service is warning minor flooding is possible from Thursday evening in the catchments of the flood watch area.

A low pressure system and an associated trough is slowly moving over Victoria on Thursday and Friday, before moving away to the east of Tasmania early on Saturday morning.

Catchments in the flood watch area are moderately wet.

In the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, rainfall totals of 10 to 30 mm have been recorded, with isolated heavy falls mainly around the Otway coast (Mt Cowley 12 mm) and west Gippsland (Cowwarr Weir 58mm).

Widespread rainfall totals of 15 to 30mm are expected in the watch area for the remainder of Thursday, with isolated heavier falls of 30 to 50mm possible with thunderstorms.

Additional rainfall totals of 10 to 15mm are forecast for Friday, with isolated heavier falls up to 30 to 50 mm.

River rises have been observed in the flood watch catchments from Wednesday.

Minor flooding is possible from Thursday evening at some locations.

Gippsland catchments likely to be affected include:

Thomson River

Latrobe River

Traralgon Creek

South Gippsland Rivers

Bunyip River

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as required.

People should stay informed, monitor 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 www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe.

You should stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters and monitoring warnings.

Farmers should consider moving livestock and machinery to higher ground.

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 Friday 1pm, or as the situation changes.

Flood information:

For river heights go to www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 659 217.

For urgent animal welfare issues phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or your local vet.

Emergency contacts:

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero (000).

For flood and storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500.

Stay informed:

Go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

Tune into ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

Phone the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about preparedness on 1800 226 226 (freecall).

People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

For help with English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.

Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#vicfloods) or Facebook.