• Flooding threat eases across region

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    RISING SLOWLY: At 9am Sunday the Ovens River at Wangaratta’s Sydney Beach was still yet to reach the minor flooding level. PHOTO: Jeff Zeuschner

    Wangaratta: 9am Sunday

    LESS than expected overnight rain has eased the overall flooding threat, but moderate to minor flood warnings remain in place along the Ovens River.

    Vic Emergencies, at 8.30am Sunday, confirmed that the ‘Prepare to Evacuate’ advice for the Myrtleford area has now been lifted, as flood levels continue to fall in Myrtleford – but a minor flood warning currently remains in place for the Myrtleford area .

    Authorities say minor flooding is occurring in the Ovens and King catchments and moderate flooding is likely to develop today.

    Since 9am Friday, rainfall totals of up to 147 mm have been recorded in the Ovens and King catchments and authorities say further rainfall totals of 10mm to 20mm are forecast in areas of the catchment today.

    The Ovens River at Wangaratta is currently at 10.58 metres and rising and authorities say it is likely to exceed the minor flood level (11.90 m) later this morning and may reach the moderate flood level (12.40 m) Sunday afternoon.

    At 9am in Wangaratta this morning pedestrian access was still open on the Bullawah Trail and the footbridge at Sydney Beach over the Ovens River, with the rising river levels still well short of the minor flooding marker.

    According to the Bureau of Meteorology Wangaratta has only had 4.6mm of rain in the past 24 hours, adding to the previous 64.4mm experienced in this rain event – while Carboor Upper has had a total of 111mm, Cheshunt 95.8mm and Bright a whopping 182.4mm.

    The Emergency Incident Control Centre established in Wangaratta is continuing to monitor and respond to the flooding across the catchment.

    A number of local roads are affected by flooding and for the latest road closure information visit https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ and listen to radio traffic reports.

    The flooding bulletin issued by authorities at 8.30am Sunday read:

    The King River downstream of Lake William Hovell is likely to exceed the minor flood level (1.80 m) overnight Saturday into Sunday.

    The King River at Docker Rd. Bridge is currently at 2.42 metres and steady. The King River at Docker Rd. Bridge is likely to exceed the minor flood level (3.70 m) overnight Saturday into Sunday. The river may reach the moderate flood level (3.95 m) Sunday morning.

    The Fifteen Mile Creek at Greta South is likely to remain below the minor flood level (2.80 m) during Saturday.

    The Ovens River at Eurobin peaked at 4.52 metres around 4 pm Saturday 02 December and is currently steady at 4.17 metres.

    The Ovens River at Eurobin is likely to remain around the minor flood level (4.50 m) overnight Saturday into Sunday.

    The Ovens River at Rocky Point is currently at 3.28 metres and rising. The Ovens River at Rocky Point is expected to remain above the minor flood level (3.20 m) overnight Saturday into Sunday.

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