Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 3:22 pm EDT on Friday 4 March 2022

Flood Watch Number: 1

RENEWED RIVER RISES WITH MINOR FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE IN THE FLOOD WATCH AREA FROM SUNDAY MORNING

A low embedded trough is crossing the State on Saturday, bringing heavy rainfall across the Flood Watch area.

Catchments in the Flood Watch area are wet as a result of the recent rainfall. Elevated river levels are observed across the catchments.

Widespread rainfall totals of 20-40 mm are forecast for Saturday, with isolated higher totals up to 80 mm possible in the elevated areas. Additional rainfall totals of 10-30 mm are forecast for Sunday across the Flood Watch area, with isolated higher totals up to 50 mm possible.

With the forecast rainfall, renewed river rises are expected and areas of minor flooding may develop in the Flood Watch catchments.

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

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Bemm, Cann and Genoa Rivers
Mitchell River

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