Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:43 am EDT on Sunday 9 February 2020

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding may develop in far East Gippsland catchments from Monday early afternoon. Rapid river rises may occur in fire affected areas.

Heavy rain is forecast for far eastern Victoria from early Monday, easing later in the day.

Catchments in the flood watch area are generally dry, however large parts have been significantly affected by recent fires. This may result in faster and stronger river responses to rainfall.

Showers, tending to rain, are forecast for the flood watch area on Sunday, particularly during the afternoon and evening. Totals of around 5 to 15 mm are expected. Heavier rain is expected during Monday, with widespread totals of 25 to 60 mm forecast from the early hours of the morning through to mid-afternoon. Localised totals in excess of 100 mm are possible, most likely in the parts of the catchments close to and across the border into New South Wales.

With the forecast rainfall, river rises are likely across the Cann, Genoa and Snowy River catchments and minor flooding may develop from Monday early afternoon. 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)

Snowy River
(fire affected areas in the Buchan and Brodribb Rivers and Snowy River downstream of McKillops Bridge)

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as required.

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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 For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Current Road and Traffic Information is available at the VicRoads website:

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Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are also available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.

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