La Niña set to bring the wet
The Bureau of Meteorology has declared a La Niña event is under way in the Pacific Ocean.
With an 80 per cent chance of above-average rainfall for much of eastern Australia, Seymour SES held a flood update meeting at the Yea Town Hall on Saturday, September 17, to help the community to prepare for storms and floods.
Last year’s cold and wet spring included several major storms, and in 2022 we may see similar conditions. With catchments already wet, the flood risk also remains.
Victoria SES is preparing for floods and storms, and is urging Victorians to do the same.
At the meeting on Saturday, the impact of water releases from Eildon and the general flood risk for this spring were discussed.
There was also a sandbag display, showing residents how to lay sandbags effectively to protect their properties.
Bureau of Meteorology head of long-range forecasts Andrew Watkins says that while La Niña criteria have been met, most models forecast weak to moderate strength, likely peaking during spring and easing during summer.
The SES says it is important to understand your local risk and prepare a plan by discussing options for a storm or flood event.
To download your Local Flood Guide, visit ses.vic.gov.au/plan-and-stay-safe/ flood-guides
The VicEmergency App is able to set up a watch zone with up-to-date warnings and advice in your local area.