Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Note: This Flood Watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments
Flood Watch for Cann and Genoa River catchments

Issued at 11:44 am EDT on Tuesday 11 February 2020

Flood Watch Number: 3

Areas of isolated minor flooding are possible in the Cann and Genoa River catchments during Tuesday into Wednesday. Rapid river rises may occur in fire affected areas.

Showers and storms are forecast across the flood watch area today.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, rainfall totals of around 10 to 20 mm were observed across the flood watch area.

Rainfall totals of 10 to 20 mm are forecast for the rest of Tuesday in the Cann and Genoa River catchments, with isolated heavier falls of 40 to 50 mm with storms.

With the forecast rainfall, river rises are possible across the Cann and Genoa River catchments and areas of isolated minor flooding may develop during Tuesday into Wednesday.

A minor flood warning is current for the Snowy River catchment.

The Cann and Genoa catchments have been significantly affected by recent fires, which may result in faster and stronger river responses to rainfall. Heavy rainfall will increase the potential for localised flooding, landslides and debris across roads in fire affected areas. Rainfall runoff into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers
(widespread fire affected areas in the catchments)

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