The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms across most of Victoria from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December. The heaviest rainfalls are expected to occur during Saturday 2 December.
There is potential that the severe weather conditions will lead to wide-spread riverine (river and creek overflow) and flash flooding across the state.
For your safety keep up to date on local conditions, observe road closures and avoid flood waters or fallen trees and electical lines.
Flood waters can contain chemicals, faecal matter and other waste that poses a health risk. A number of infectious diseases, including gastrointestinal infections and hepatitis A, can spread through contact with surfaces contaminated by flood waters. There is also an increased risk of wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear, nose and throat infections from polluted waters.
Flood waters may also contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection. Water can hide trip or slip hazards, such as rocks, steps, kerbs, tree roots, grass, mud or other debris. If water is fast moving, these hazards can lead to serious puncture wounds, bone breaks, or worse.
Once the flood waters subside, there are a number of other health and safety hazards you need to consider when cleaning up, including sewage overflow, mould, wild animals, contamination and potential damage to gas, electricity or waste services.
- For more information about your health and safety during a severe weather event and flooding visit the Better Health Channel
- For information on warnings and incidents in Victoria visit : Vic Emergency
- For more information and updates on the severe weather warning visit the Bureau of Meteorology