Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:45 am EST on Wednesday 29 April 2020

Flood Watch Number: 2

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

A strong cold front will move across Victoria during Wednesday, bringing rain. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible.

In the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals of 15-40 mm were recorded, with isolated higher totals up to 97 mm at Falls Ck.

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.

Further heavy falls are likely in the north east during the remainder of Wednesday, with 50-80 mm expected. Other parts of the flood watch area may receive 25-50 mm. Additional rainfall is expected on Thursday and Friday.

River rises are occurring in some catchments. With forecast rainfall, further 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
Seven and Castle Creeks

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.

Rainfall and River Conditions Map