Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 3:32 pm EDT on Sunday 19 January 2020
Flood Watch Number: 1
Rapid river rises and localised flooding may develop in fire affected areas from Sunday into Monday.
Showers and severe thunderstorms are expected during Sunday. On Monday a low pressure system will develop over eastern Victoria, resulting in increased showers and thunderstorms over the flood watch area.
Significant portions of the catchments in the flood watch area have been affected by bushfires which will result in faster and stronger river responses to rainfall. Areas not affected by fires are generally dry and little runoff is expected with forecast rainfall.
During Sunday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-20 mm are expected, with isolated totals of up to 50-60 mm due to thunderstorms. On Monday, additional widespread totals of 10-30 mm are forecast in the flood watch area, with isolated totals of up to 60-80 mm.
Heavy rainfall will increase the potential for localised flooding, landslides and debris across roads in fire affected areas. Rainfall runoff into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers(widespread fire affected areas in the catchments)
Snowy River(fire affected areas in the Buchan and Brodribb Rivers and Snowy River downstream of McKillops Bridge)
Tambo River(fire affected areas in the Timbarra River, Tambo River downstream of Swifts Creek and Nicholson River)
Mitchell River(fire affected areas in the Wongungarra and Dargo Rivers)
Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers(fire affected areas in the Upper Murray and Tooma Rivers, Corryong and Cudgewa Creeks and parts of the Upper Mitta Mitta River)
Ovens and King Rivers(fire affected areas in the Buckland and Buffalo Rivers)
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.
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