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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - North East Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria

Note: This Flood Watch is a heads-up for possible future flooding and is NOT a
Flood Warning (see note below)

Flood Watch for North East Victoria (Upper Murray, Mitta Mitta, Kiewa, Ovens
and King Catchments)
Issued at 9:58 am EST on Saturday 18 April 2015

In the 24 hours to 9AM Saturday rainfall totals of up to 97mm have been
recorded in the North East catchments. A further 10 to 20mm of rain is forecast
for the remainder of Saturday, with isolated higher totals of up to 30mm on the
ranges. The rain will contract eastwards throughout Saturday before clearing
Victoria late in the evening.

Stream rises are occurring in response to the rainfall. With the forecast rain,
isolated areas of minor flooding may develop in the North East catchments
during Saturday evening.

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


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. Flood Warnings will be issued if
the Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main
rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.
For detailed explanation see;
http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/brochures/flood_watch/flood_watch.shtml

In the interests of community safety the SES suggests following precautions:
Don't walk, ride or drive through floodwater,
Don't allow children to play in floodwater,
Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains, and
Keep well clear of fallen power lines

Current Emergency Information is available at http://www.ses.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/


The SES advises that rainfall run-off into waterways in recent fire affected
areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks. People in fire
affected areas should also be alert to the potential for landslide and debris
on roads.

Recent fire affected areas include;
North East Upper Ovens region through and beyond Harrietville, parts of the
Upper Murray Catchment at Granya and Tallangatta South, Kings Creek in remote
forested areas.

Weather Forecast:
For the latest weather forecast see http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/

Next Issue:
This Flood Watch will expire by 12:00PM Sunday 19 April 2015.

Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, 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 available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300
659217.
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