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

Issued at 10:07 am EST on Thursday 2 May 2019

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is possible from early Friday morning in the North East catchments.

A complex low pressure system southwest of Victoria will direct a strong northerly flow over the State on Thursday. A cold front will cross Victoria on Thursday night with the low pressure system expected to weaken on Friday as it crosses Tasmania.

Catchments across the North East are dry and have the capacity to absorb significant amounts of rain.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50 to 80 mm are forecast for the North East of Victoria for Thursday and into Friday, with several hours of particularly heavy rain during Thursday evening and overnight into Friday. There is the potential for higher totals of 100 to 150 mm as lines of storms form across the flood watch area.

Isolated minor flooding is possible across the North East catchments if rainfall totals are in the upper range of the forecast. Minor flooding may develop from early Friday morning.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers

Kiewa River

Ovens and King Rivers

Broken River

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