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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 11:56 am EDT on Monday 12 January 2015
A low pressure system over central Australia will deepen and move southward,
crossing western parts of Victoria during Tuesday then moving across Tasmania
on Wednesday. A ridge of high pressure will build from the west later on
Wednesday into Thursday.

In the 24 hours to 9AM Monday rainfall totals of up to 16mm have been recorded
in the North East catchments.

No significant rainfall has been forecast for the remainder of Monday. Rainfall
totals of 20 to 30mm have been forecast for Tuesday. Rain will move into the
far west of Victoria late on Monday and continue moving eastwards during
Tuesday. Thunderstorms are possible following the main rain band.

The forecast rainfall is expected to cause stream rises with a small
possibility of areas of Minor Flooding developing late on Tuesday.

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 2:00PM Tuesday 13 January 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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