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Flood watch issued for local rivers

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November 30, 2017

A flood watch has been issued for Broken River, Broken Creek, Seven and Castle Creeks, Goulburn River Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers, Kiewa River, Ovens and King Rivers, .

A high pressure system will continue to strengthen over the Tasman Sea this week allowing a hot and humid north easterly airstream to continue. 

A trough of low pressure crossing the Bight will reach western Victoria on Thursday and then become slow-moving. 

A low pressure system will develop over northwestern Victoria on Friday before drifting slowly southeastwards over the weekend.

Catchments within the flood watch area are dry.

Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop in the far west during Thursday night before extending across the remaining parts of the State during Friday. 

The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.

Three day totals of around 60-120mm are expected south of the Divide and over the far northwest with totals of between 100 and 200mm over remaining areas on and north of the Divide. However, totals over the North East ranges may exceed 250mm. 

A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain is also current for Victoria.

Significant stream rises are expected in response to the forecast rainfall.

Widespread flooding is likely from Friday onwards in the catchments covered by this flood watch.

Stay informed - monitor your local conditions and remain alert.

What you should do:

Decide what you and your family will do if flooding impacts you. For information on how to prepare go to www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe.

You should stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters and monitoring warnings.

Impacts in your area: 

Areas around rivers and streams may be flooded.

Caravan parks and camping grounds may be flooded.

Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater.

Water crossings along streams and rivers will become dangerous as water levels rise.

This message was issued by State Emergency Service.

Flood information:

For river heights go to www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 659 217.

For urgent animal welfare issues phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or your local vet.

Emergency contacts: 

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero (000).

For flood and storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500.

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