Flood warnings for Avon, Thomson, Mitchell rivers

FLOOD warnings have been issued for the Avon, Thomson and Mitchell rivers.

Minor flood warnings have been issued for the Avon and Thomson, while a moderate warning is in place for the Mitchell.

Avon River

IN the 24 hours to 9am Friday rainfall totals of up to 114mm were recorded in the Avon River catchment. Rainfall totals of less than 5mm have been forecast for Friday.

The Avon River at the Channel peaked around 5.4m (minor flood level 5m) early Friday morning. The river is expected to fall below the minor flood level during Friday afternoon.

The Avon River at Stratford exceeded the minor flood level (4.5m) during Friday morning. The river is expected to peak around 5.5m during Friday afternoon.

Thomson River

THE minor flood warning for the Thomson River is upstream of the Macalister River junction.

In the 24 hours to 9am Friday, rainfall totals up to 37mm were recorded in the Thomson River catchment. No significant rainfall has been forecast for the remainder of Friday.

The Thomson River upstream of Cowwarr Weir peaked at 3.71m early Friday afternoon (minor flood level 3.6m). The river is expected to fall below the minor flood level during Friday.

Southern Rural Water has advised that releases from Cowwarr Weir are currently steady around 7200 ML/day.

The Thomson River at Wandocka will experience high stream levels over the coming weekend, however is expected to remain below the minor flood level (6.2m).

Mitchell River

IN the 24 hours to 9am Friday rainfall totals of up to 115mm were recorded in the Mitchell River catchment. Rainfall totals less than 1mm have been recorded since 9am Friday.

No significant rainfall has been forecast for the remainder of Friday or across the coming weekend.

The Wonnangatta River at Waterford peaked around 4m (minor flood level 3.5m) Friday morning. The river is expected to fall below the minor flood level overnight Friday into Saturday.

The Mitchell River at Glenaladale peaked around the moderate flood level (4.5m) Friday morning. The river is expected to fall below the minor flood level (3m) late Sunday.

The Mitchell River at Bairnsdale is currently around 6.2m and rising. A peak between 6.2 and 6.4m (major flood level 6.5m) is expected late Friday/early Saturday.

THE potential local impact of this flooding in the area may include:

All rain is now running off into catchments;

River levels may rise rapidly;

Roads may be closed without warning;

Saturated soil may lead to landslips and fallen trees and branches;

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

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

For flood or storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500. For life threatening emergencies phone 000.