More rain on the way

SANDBAGS are being filled at the Moe SES unit in Newborough in preparation for more rainfall this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported rainfall totals up to 65 millimetres in west and south Gippsland catchments since 9am this morning.

About 15mm has been forecasted for the remainder of today.

Moe SES unit controller Michael Gauci said a crew of volunteers were preparing pallets of sandbags in preparation for a potential east coast low from New South Wales this weekend.

“We’re ready to go now, so we can respond if it does happen,” Mr Gauci said.

In the past 24 hours, the unit has received 10 callouts to Willow Grove and the lower areas of Moe and Trafalgar, including house flooding or water threatening infrastructure.

A flood watch has been issued this morning for west and south Gippsland, including the Latrobe, Thompson, Macalister, Avon and South Gippsland Rivers and Gippsland Lakes.

Stream rises are occurring in the West Gippsland catchments and further rises are expected today and into Saturday.

A moderate flood warning is current for the Latrobe River catchment. No flooding is expected in the Gippsland Lakes.

Latrobe City Council has reported roads have been affected by the heavy rain.

Mapleson Drive, Traralgon is currently closed to all but local residents, with council road crews currently working to have the road reopened by 4pm today.

Becks Bridge Road in Moe’s north currently has water across the road, just north of the Latrobe River Bridge.

Traralgon Creek Road, Traralgon is closed from Goombala Road to the intersection of Jeeralang West Road due to slippage.

There are no households affected.

The slip will be assessed next week when it is safe to do so and will remain closed until then.

Water is still rising and being monitored for possible road closures if required.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution.