SES urges understanding of flood warnings and weather
With a three times higher chance of flooding this spring, VICSES units in Gippsland are reminding us of the different warnings and messages to look out for when storms, rain and possible flooding are on the way.
“The first time we know bad weather might be brewing is when the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issues a severe weather warning” said Community Resilience Coordinator in Gippsland, Jane Fontata. “If the weather is likely to contain enough rain for flooding to be possible in one or two days, the BoM will issue a Flood Watch for the areas they think might flood”.
If the weather pattern continues to develop, the next warning to look out for is a Flood Warning for a particular river, meaning flooding is happening or about to happen. Flood Warnings have three different levels, Minor, Moderate or Major depending on the expected size and impact of the flood.