Moderate flood warning issued – bay 93.9 Geelong

Date: 2021-10-01 20:15:00

A moderate flood warning was issued Friday afternoon for the Barwon River.

VicEmergency reports moderate flooding is occurring at Ricketts Marsh near Birregurra.

On Saturday morning the Barwon River is at 5.28m and falling, after peaking at 6.09m at 5:30pm Friday.

Flooding possible downstream at Winchelsea and Inverleigh, with the river at Winchelsea at a height of 4.06m and rising.

Minor flooding may develop downstream at Geelong during Monday.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Friday, rainfall totals of 5 to 10 mm were recorded, with an isolated higher total of 106 mm at Mt Sabine. Since 9 am Friday, no significant rain was observed. 

 

The State Emergency Service has issued the following precautions:

Act now – take actions immediately to protect your life and property.
What you should do:
Decide if you will evacuate if it becomes necessary.
Monitor weather forecasts and river levels. Go to www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings.
Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
Farmers should move livestock and machinery to higher ground.
Follow your emergency plan and locate your emergency kit, if you have one.
If you choose to leave:
Remember to take your pets, mobile phone, spare clothes and medications.
Travel to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location, away from flooding.
Be aware of any road closures when you leave.

If you are travelling:
Be aware of road hazards including mud, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

If you stay or if it is unsafe to leave:
Make sure you have enough food, drinking water, medications and pet food to survive for 3-5 days in case you become isolated.

You should stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters like this radio station and monitoring warnings.
Impacts in your area:
Flooding above floor level of a single story home is likely to occur in some locations.
Main roads and bridges may be closed due to flooding.
High river levels and potential flooding in areas close to rivers and streams.
A small number of properties are likely to be impacted and possibility become isolated between Rickets Marsh and Geelong.
Snakes, spiders and rats may try to find shelter in your home.

Flood information:
For river heights check www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 659 217.
For urgent animal welfare issues phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or your local vet.
For road closure information go to traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 131 170.
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.
Phone the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on freecall 1800 226 226.
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.

 

Image: VicEmergency warning area (Moderate: Orange, Minor: Yellow)


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