Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 11:26 am EST on Friday 12 July 2019
Flood Watch Number: 1
Minor flooding may develop across the North East and Upper Yarra catchments from early Saturday morning.
A cold front embedded in a strong westerly airflow will pass across Victoria today.
Catchments in the flood watch area are wet following recent rainfall.
Widespread rainfall totals of 20 to 50 mm are forecast for the remainder of Friday across the North East and Upper Yarra catchments. Isolated higher totals are possible on the ranges. Rain will fall as snow above 1500 metres, lowering to 600 metres overnight.
With the forecast rainfall, river rises are expected during Friday and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area from early Saturday morning.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Yarra River to Coldstream
Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
Ovens and King Rivers
Goulburn River upstream of Lake Eildon
Goulburn River Eildon to Seymour
The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as required.
See www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings to view the current warnings for Victoria.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
Flood Safety Advice:
Note: This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
SES advises that all community members should:
Never walk, ride or drive through floodwater, Never allow children to play in floodwater, Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains during and after heavy rain, Keep well clear of fallen power lines Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks, and heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
Current Emergency Information is available at http://emergency.vic.gov.au For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Current Road and Traffic Information is available at the VicRoads website:
For the latest weather forecast see http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/
River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/
Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are also available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.
Rainfall and River Conditions Map