Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:02 pm EDT on Friday 3 April 2020 Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding may develop across catchments in the flood watch area from early Saturday morning.

A cold front will reach southwestern Victoria late Friday and rapidly cross to the east, leaving a strong, cold, westerly airstream over the State on Saturday.

Catchments are wet following recent rain. Parts of the catchments of the Ovens and King Rivers were affected by summer fires - river rises may occur more rapidly in these areas.

An intense band of rainfall is expected overnight Friday into Saturday.
Catchments in the flood watch area are expected to receive 20-50 mm of rain over Friday into Saturday with isolated higher falls possible.

With the forecast rainfall, river rises are likely and minor flooding may develop across the flood watch area from early Saturday morning.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Yarra River to Coldstream

Yarra River downstream of Coldstream

Ovens and King Rivers

Seven and Castle Creeks

Goulburn River upstream of Lake Eildon

Goulburn River Eildon to Seymour

Goulburn River downstream of 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:
http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Weather Forecast:
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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