Minor flood warning remains for the Mitchell River

A MINOR flood warning remains in place for the Mitchell River.

In the 24 hours to 9am Saturday rainfall totals up to 5.6 mm were recorded. During Saturday rain will develop, becoming more widespread and heavy during afternoon. Rainfall totals of 50 to 100mm possible.

Forecast rainfall is expected to cause renewed stream rises and areas of minor to moderate flooding may develop in the Mitchell River catchment during late Saturday into Sunday.

The Wonnangatta River at Waterford is below the minor flood level (3.5 metres).

The Mitchell River at Glenaladale fell below the minor flood level (3m) during early Saturday morning.

The Mitchell River at Rosehill peaked at 6.82m around 1.20am Saturday.

The Mitchell River at Bairnsdale Pumphouse was expected to peak around 4.9m during Saturday morning (minor flood level 4m). Minor flooding will continue around and downstream of Bairnsdale during Saturday.

River levels may reach the tops of banks or flow over into low lying areas.

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

Caravan parks and camping areas may be flooded, requiring relocation to higher ground.

In the interests of community safety the SES suggests people not to 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 www.ses.vic.gov.au

For emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies call 000.

Current road and traffic information is available at the VicRoads website, www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/trafficalerts