Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria
Initial Minor Flood Warning for the Yarra River
Issued at 9:48 pm EDT on Friday 1 December 2017
by the Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria Regional Office on behalf of Melbourne
Flood Warning Number: 1
The Yarra River catchment has received rainfall averaging about 41 mm in the
Upper Yarra region and about 25 mm in the Lower Yarra region since 09:00 AM
yesterday. Rainfall totals of 20 to 60 mm have been forecast for the catchment
The Watts River catchment has received rainfall averaging about 54 mm since
09:00 AM yesterday. Rainfall totals of 20 to 60 mm have been forecast for the
Water levels of the Yarra River/Watts River at various locations are rising in
response to the rain.
Watts River catchment:
The level of the Watts River at Healesville is currently at 1.63 metres and
rising. If the forecast rain occurs it is expected to peak near the Minor
Flood Level of 2.60 metres tomorrow morning.
Yarra River catchment to Millgrove:
The level of the Yarra River at Millgrove is currently at 1.1 metres and
rising. If the forecast rain occurs it is expected to peak around 2.2 metres,
above the Minor Flood Level (2.0 metres) tomorrow morning.
Minor flooding in the Yarra/Watts River catchment is expected to affect
low-lying areas adjacent to the waterway including bicycle paths.
The river heights at 09:04 PM 01/12/2017 were:
Sites in Upper Yarra Region
Upper Yarra River Reservoir: 44.78 metres, steady
Yarra River at Warburton: 0.68 metres, steady
Yarra River at Millgrove: 1.10 metres, rising
Yarra River at Coldstream: 0.84 metres, rising
Yarra River at Yarra Glen: 0.74 metres, steady
Yarra River at Warrandyte: 0.62 metres, steady
Sites in Lower Yarra Region
Yarra River at Templestowe: 0.97 metres, steady
Yarra River at Heidelberg: 2.47 metres, steady
Yarra River at Fairfield/Alphington: 1.01 metres, rising
Yarra River at Abbotsford: 0.92 metres, steady
Yarra River at Hawthorn: 0.18 metres, steady
Yarra River at Burnley: 0.17 metres, rising
Yarra River at Southbank: 0.03 metres, rising
Sites in Watts River and Little Yarra River Catchments
Watts River at Maroondah Reservoir: 14.08 metres, rising
Watts River at Healesville: 1.63 metres, rising
Little Yarra River at Yarra Junction: 0.70 metres, steady
The next warning will be issued by 1:00 PM tomorrow (2/12/2017) or earlier if
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Flood Safety Advice:
SES advises that all community members should:
Never walk, ride or drive through floodwater,
Never allow children to play in floodwater,
Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains during and after heavy rain,
Keep well clear of fallen power lines
Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may
contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks, and heavy rainfall increases
the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
Current Emergency Information is available at http://emergency.vic.gov.au
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Current Road and Traffic Information is available at the VicRoads website:
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 217. Warning, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood. The latest weather
forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts.