Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:25 am EST on Wednesday 23 June 2021

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding may develop in the north east catchments from Thursday late morning.

A cold front associated with a low pressure system in the Bight will cross Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday then move away to the south east during Friday.

Catchments are relatively wet across the north east of Victoria.

Rain is expected to develop during Wednesday and continue into Thursday and Friday. Forecast totals across the 3 days from Wednesday to Friday are for 50-80 mm widespread, with isolated higher totals up to 120 mm. Rain will fall as snow on the higher peaks, particularly on Thursday and Friday, but there is the possibility of the initial rainfall on Wednesday melting some of the existing snow on the ground and contributing to runoff.

River rises are expected with the forecast rain and minor flooding may develop in the north east catchments from Thursday late morning.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
Kiewa River
Ovens and King Rivers

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