Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Initial Flood Watch for North East Victoria and for parts of Gippsland
Issued at 9:42 am EDT on Wednesday 4 March 2020
Flood Watch Number: 1
Minor flooding may develop across catchments in the flood watch area from Thursday morning.
A low pressure trough extends from inland NSW southwards to Victoria and is expected to deepen as it moves towards eastern Victoria on Thursday.
Catchments are relatively dry across the flood watch area. Parts of the Ovens, Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta catchments have been affected by recent fires and river rises may occur more rapidly in these areas.
Rainfall will develop across the flood watch area during Wednesday and continue during the evening and overnight into Thursday before clearing to the east later on Thursday evening. Two day rainfall totals of around 60 - 120 mm are forecast with isolated higher totals possible.
With the forecast rainfall, river rises are likely and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area from Thursday morning.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
(Upstream of Lake Glenmaggie only)
Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
Ovens and King Rivers
Seven and Castle Creeks
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