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Weather Warnings - Flood Advice - North East Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria

Flood Watch for North East Victoria (Upper Murray, Mitta Mitta, Kiewa, Ovens
and King Catchments)
Issued at 10:01 am EST on Thursday 17 July 2014
A strong cold front over southwest Victoria will move eastwards across the
State today. An associated low pressure cell will cross northern Tasmania to
lie just east of Bass Strait on Friday morning then move into the Tasman Sea. A
strong high pressure system will be centred just west of Victoria by late
Friday, moving to the far east of the State by Sunday morning, then become slow
moving.

In the 24 hours to 9AM Thursday, rainfall totals of up to 20mm have been
recorded in the North East catchments, with isolated higher totals on the
ranges. Showers are forecast for the North East during Thursday, with totals of
10-15mm possible, however much of this will fall as snow particularly on the
ranges.

Flood warnings are current for the King River and Kiewa River.

Stream levels are elevated and rises are occurring as a result of recent
rainfall. The forecast showers are expected to cause further stream rises with
the possibility of additional areas of minor flooding developing in the North
East catchments during Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology will continue to monitor the situation and 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 on Friday morning, 18 July 2014.

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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