Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:28 am EST on Tuesday 28 April 2020 Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor to moderate flooding may develop across catchments in the flood watch area from late Wednesday.

A strong cold front will cross waters south of the Bight during Tuesday before moving across Victoria during Wednesday, bringing rain.

Catchments are moderately wet following recent rain. Parts of the North East catchments were affected by summer fires - river rises may occur more rapidly in these areas.

There is a risk of heavy falls across the north east on Wednesday. Generally
35-60 mm is expected across the north east, increasing to 60-100 mm across the north east ranges, with isolated totals of 100-120 mm possible. Other parts of the flood watch area, including Yarra, Bunyip, Mitchell and Macalister river catchments, may receive 15-35 mm.

With forecast rainfall, river rises are likely and minor to moderate flooding may develop across the flood watch area from late Wednesday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Mitchell River

Macalister River (upstream of Lake Glenmaggie only)

Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek

Yarra River to Coldstream

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Kiewa River

Ovens and King 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:
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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