SES issues Barwon River flood warning for Winchelsea, Inverleigh

Date: 2021-10-01 08:37:30

A warning has been issued for Inverleigh and Winchelsea, with the Barwon River hitting six metres and flooding at Ricketts Marsh.

THE SES has warned flooding may occur in Geelong next week.

On Friday night, southwest region duty officer Ken Smith said the Barwon River at Ricketts Marsh was at six metres and rising, with moderate flooding.

“Flooding may develop downstream at Winchelsea and Inverleigh, with minor flooding possible downstream at Geelong during Monday,” Mr Smith said.

“Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) has had 22 calls for help across our South West Region in the past 24 hours including trees down, flooding and minor building damage.

“We remind people to not drive, ride, or play in flood water, drive to the road conditions, and watch out for fallen trees and other road hazards.

“If rainfalls are heavy enough, we may see “flash flooding” events – that’s when a downpour causes floodwater to rise and fall very quickly in unexpected places like residential neighbourhoods or main roads.”

Mr Smith said driving on flooded roads was dangerous.

“Please stay informed about weather and forecasts at the Bureau of Meteorology website and emergency warnings through the VicEmergency app,” he said.

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