The Bureau of Meteorology will be able to issue warnings for most floods and these will be broadcast on ABC and other radio stations. If heavy rain is falling, tune in to the radio to listen for flood warnings and updates. Have a battery operated radio with spare batteries handy as there is often a power failure during storms which cause floods.
In some places there is a telephone based flood warning system where you can receive the flood warning message directly to your telephone. If you have registered your name to receive a direct flood warning you will be rung shortly after the Bureau of Meteorology issues its warning message. Contact your council’s Municipal Emergency Resource Officer (MERO) to learn if your area has such a system and register your name.
Two types of flood warning products issues in Victoria are Flood Warnings and Flood Watches.
Flood Watch is a service provided by the Bureau of Meteorology to notify the Victorian community of the potential flood threat from a developing weather situation.
Flood warning products include different types of information including:
- the type of weather event which will cause the flood
- the type of flooding which will occur
- how much data is available from satellites, radar, rain gauges and stream gauges
- whether there is a gauge-based warning system installed in the catchment
- how quickly the flood develops
An explanation of different types of warnings can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
You can also view the Victorian Flood Warning Centre providing the latest flood warning, river height and rainfall information.