Major flooding still likely, say authorities

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A BIT OF WATER: Merriwa Park was showing the signs of some minor, localised flooding Saturday morning. PHOTO: Jeff Zeuschner

AUTHORITIES are warning that major flooding is likely to develop in the Ovens and King catchments today.

Vic Emergency this morning said that since 9am Friday rainfall totals of up to 125mm have been recorded in the Ovens and King catchments with heavy rainfall beginning to ease.

A further 50 to 100mm is forecast for the remainder of Saturday and into Sunday.

This rainfall is expected to cause significant and rapid stream rises, with flooding developing today, and if rainfall is in the upper range of the forecast major flooding is likely to develop during Saturday and Sunday.

Emergency services remain on standby and are monitoring the rain event and co-ordinating action from the Wangaratta Incident Control Centre.

Wangaratta has had around 65mm up until 10am this morning and while the One Mile Creek running through town is flooded, no inundation of homes has been reported.

Flooding has caused a number of road closures in the North East.

There is still no access to Mansfield from Melbourne via the Goulburn Valley Highway or the Maroondah Highway.

The southbound lanes of the Hume Freeway between Benalla and Euroa, which were closed due to flooding, have been re-opened.

VicRoads regional director, Nicki Kyriakou, said the North East had been hit the hardest in the state and he urged all motorists to stay off the road network if possible and delay any non-essential travel.

For the latest road closure information visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.

The emergency service’s bulletin issued at 9.50am Saturday morning stated:

King River
Major flooding is likely along the King River. The King River D/S Lake William Hovell is expected to exceed the minor flood level (1.80m) Saturday afternoon. The King River at Docker Rd Bridge is currently at 1.39 metres and rising. The King River at Docker Rd Bridge is expected to exceed the minor flood level (3.70m) Saturday afternoon. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (4.10m) Sunday morning.

Fifteen Mile Creek
Major flooding may occur along the Fifteen Mile Creek. The Fifteen Mile Creek at Greta South is currently at 1.14 metres and steady. The Fifteen Mile Creek at Greta South is likely to exceed the minor flood level (2.80m) Saturday afternoon. The river level may reach the major flood level (6.00m) Sunday morning.

Ovens River downstream of Rocky Point
Major flooding is likely along the Ovens River downstream of Rocky Point. The Ovens River at Wangaratta is currently at 9.41 metres and rising. The Ovens River at Wangaratta is expected to exceed the minor flood level (11.90m) late Saturday. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (12.70m) late Sunday.

Ovens River to Bright
Major flooding is likely along the Ovens River to Bright. The Ovens River at Bright is currently at 2.22 metres and rising. The Ovens River at Bright is expected to exceed the minor flood level (3.00m) early Saturday afternoon. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (4.30m) late Saturday afternoon.

Buckland River
Major flooding is likely for the Buckland River.

Buffalo River
Major flooding may occur along the Buffalo River. The Buffalo River D/S Lake Buffalo is currently at 2.19 metres and rising. The Buffalo River D/S Lake Buffalo is expected to exceed the minor flood level (3.20m) Saturday afternoon. The river level may exceed the major flood level (6.30m) late Saturday afternoon.

Ovens River Bright to Rocky Point
Major flooding may occur along the Ovens River Bright to Rocky Point. The Ovens River at Eurobin is currently at 3.22 metres and rising. The Ovens River at Eurobin is expected to exceed the minor flood level (4.50m) early Saturday afternoon. The river level may reach the major flood level (6.00m) Sunday morning. The Ovens River at Rocky Point is currently at 2.25 metres and steady. The Ovens River at Rocky Point is expected to exceed the minor flood level (3.20 m) Saturday afternoon. The river level may reach the major flood level (5.20m) Sunday morning.

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