Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 9:49 am EDT on Thursday 4 February 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING LIKELY FROM OVERNIGHT FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY

A low pressure system south of the Bight will move slowly east during Thursday, with an associated trough crossing Victoria on Friday.

Catchments in the flood watch area are moderately wet following recent rainfall.

Heavy rain is forecast for the North East of Victoria during Friday and into Saturday, clearing during Saturday morning. Event totals of 40-70 mm are expected across the North East catchments, with higher totals up to 100 mm possible across the ranges.

With the forecast rainfall, river rises are expected across the flood watch area and minor to moderate flooding is likely to develop from overnight Friday into Saturday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
Kiewa River
Ovens and King Rivers
Broken River
Broken Creek
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.

Rainfall and River Conditions Map