Seven Creeks and Castle Creek flood warning

December 01, 2017

Update, 8.00pm:

Moderate Flood Warning has been issued for Seven Creeks and Castle Creek.

Widespread flooding is expected for the Seven and Castle Creeks from Friday evening.

Since 9am Friday, rainfall totals of up to 59mm have been recorded in the Seven and Castle Creeks catchments. Further rainfall of 50-100mm is possible across the remainder of Friday and during Saturday.

This rainfall is expected to cause significant and rapid stream rises, with moderate flooding likely at Euroa overnight Friday into Saturday. If the forecast rain is in the upper range, then additional rises are likely.

Castle Creek

Moderate flooding is likely along Castle Creek at Telfords Bridge overnight Friday into Saturday.

Seven Creeks to Euroa

Moderate flooding is likely along the Seven Creeks to Euroa.The Seven Creeks at Euroa is currently at 1.05 metres and steady. The Seven Creeks at Euroa is likely to exceed the minor flood level (2.50 m) Friday night. The river level is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (4.00 m) overnight Friday into Saturday.

Seven Creeks downstream of Euroa

Moderate flooding may occur along the Seven Creeks downstream of Euroa during Sunday morning.The Seven Creeks at Kialla West is currently at 1.30 metres and steady.

A newsletter has been issued for the community in and around Shepparton, Numurkah, Nathalia and Seymour who have been impacted by the North East rain event.

River height gauges around the catchments are being continually monitored and warnings will be issued if and when streams are expected to reach above minor flood levels.

Two additional portable gauges have been deployed upstream of Numurkah and Katamatite on the Broken Creek.

Rain eased this afternoon but is forecast to increase later this evening and into Saturday. Please remain vigilant and continually monitor conditions and be prepared to act if conditions change. 

With expected rainfall overnight and into tomorrow, there is likely to be localised flooding. Watch out for water over roads and overwhelmed drainage systems. 

Consult your Local Flood Guide at for relevant local information, stay informed and NEVER enter floodwater. 

Update, 6.00pm:

Shepparton has had 20.6mm of rain fall since 9am this morning. 2.6mm has fallen since midday, while 8.6mm fell between 10am and 10.30am.

At Arcadia, 73mm has fallen since 9am.

At Violet Town, 65mm had fallen in the same time.

At Benalla, 13mm of rain has fallen.

The Goulburn River at Seymour is steady and below flood level.

The Broken River at Benalla is steady and below the minor flood level.

There is a possibility of minor to moderate flooding on the Broken River forecast for Sunday, which may see local road closures including Ackerley Avenue stock bridge, Arundel Street South, Mark Street, Benson Street and Boardwalks surrounding Benalla Lake.

Above- Seven Creeks in Euroa at 5pm Friday

Update, 4.00pm:

These photos were taken by News journalist Tara Whitsed near the intersection of Anderson and Bury Sts, Euroa. The talk of the town is that it's going to get worse after the water comes down off the Strathbogie Ranges.

2.6mm of rain has hit in the past two hours in Shepparton. 

Update, 2.00pm:

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported no rainfall in the Shepparton area over the past two hours. 

Update, 12.30pm: 

Shepparton has experienced the most flood damage across the north east region.

A Victoria SES spokesman said in the last six hours SES had responded to nine job requests in Shepparton.

These jobs have caused minor flood damage to homes and businesses.

The spokesman said across the whole of the north east region there were currently 16 active requests for assistance.

Near Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake and along St Georges Rd there is minor flooding, while some businesses along Fryers St like Bargain Buys have experienced minor flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released flood watch warnings for the Goulburn River, Campaspe River, Murray River and several other catchments.

Thompson St, Shepparton. 

According to BOM Shepparton recorded 17.8mm of rain at noon.

The spokesman from SES said although the rain had stopped for now people still needed to exercise caution in this weather.

Tatura SES at 52 Martin St, Tatura will have a number of filled sandbags available for use (25 for each house hold) for flood mitigation, from 12pm to 3pm.

Please ensure you bring your driver’s licence along as they'll be running a register.

Sandbags will also be available from 15 Dudley St, Shepparton from 1.30pm to 4pm. 

Bargain Buys owner Tom Liu cleans up flooding in his Shepparton store.

Event cancellations

The Hank Marvin Brunch Lunch and Punch event has been moved inside to the Multipurpose pavilion at the Shepparton Showgrounds

Activities in the Park program: 

  • Tai Chi for Health, Friday 1 December 2017, 11am – 12pm, Cussen Park, Tatura - CANCELLED.

  • Dancing in the Park, Friday 1 December 2017, 4pm – 5pm, Dhurringile Rec Reserve - MOVED INDOORS to the hall/club rooms. If THE weather is severe closer to the time of the event activity the facilitator may still cancel.

  • Yoga, Saturday 2 December 2017, 8.00am – 9.00am, Victoria Park Lake, Western Park - MOVED INDOORS to Aquamoves group fitness room. 

  • African Drumming at Aquamoves 20 years Pool Party, Saturday 2 December 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm and 4.00pm – 5.30pm, CANCELLED. This event will be rescheduled to sometime in January, we are waiting for the provider to confirm a date. 

  • Paddlehub – Pop in Paddling and Ladies Only Paddle, Sunday 3 December 2017, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Victoria Park Lake - CANCELLED. This event will be rescheduled to Sunday 4 February 2018 – registered participants for this Sunday's session will be contacted by Canoeing Victoria and will have the option to participate in the Sunday 4 February session. 

  • Labyrinth Walk, Sunday 3 December 2017, 5.00pm – 6.00pm, Ferrari Park, Mooroopn - GOING AHEAD.

Ducat Reserve, Paterson Rd, Shepparton. 

Update, 11.17am:

17.4mm of rain has fallen in Shepparton since 9am.

Video footage of Skene Street, Shepparton.

Update, 11.05am:

Statement from a GV Health spokesperson:

Goulburn Valley Health has activated its critical incident management team in readiness for the severe weather forecast in the Goulburn Valley.

Goulburn Valley Health continues to operate "business as usual".

Residents who live in vulnerable areas are encouraged to travel to hospital only if it is safe to do so.

GV Health employs more than 2000 staff across the region.

Staff living in vulnerable areas are advised to travel to work only if it is safe to do so.

If you cannot come into work, contact your manager or the switchboard phone number on 5832 2322.

Goulburn Valley Health advises all staff and residents to heed the advice of emergency services.


There have been 12 calls for Victoria SES assistance in the last 12 hours.

Benalla has had two requests, Seymour eight and Stanhope two.

An SES spokesperson said these calls were for minor flooding but people needed to stay vigilant as there was expected to be more heavy rains across the day.

If you need SES assistance phone 132 500.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, with heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast during Friday and throughout the weekend.

Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are forecast in the state's central and western districts, extending across remaining parts of the state during Friday, and continuing throughout Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:  
* Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water;  
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;  
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks;  
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads;

More updates to come throughout the day. 

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