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Stay safe in the wet

Published 10/07/2012

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast widespread rainfall in the Goulburn and Broken Basins and on the ranges in the North East catchments.

Update: Revised forecasts from the BoM predict lower rainfall totals. Minor flooding is predicted, as are higher falls brought by localised thunderstorms.

Rain fell overnight, and the heaviest falls are expected during today. Totals of up to 60mm are possible.

The forecast rainfall, boosted by moist air from Queensland, is expected to cause significant stream rises with the possibility of minor to moderate flooding in both catchments. Thunderstorms may cause isolated higher falls.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has opened a flood Incident Control Centre at Benalla this morning to plan and co-ordinate any flood response, with local SES volunteer units and support from other agencies on standby if required.

At this time a second rainfall event is forecast to cross the state later this week. The SES and the Bureau of Meteorology are also watching and planning for this possible rainfall and the impact it may have on the rivers and catchments.

SES urges people living, holidaying or working in low-lying areas to prepare themselves and their property for possible flooding.

Keep informed about the current situation and find out what you should do to stay safe at our Warnings page and by listening to your local emergency broadcaster.

For emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency call Triple-Zero (000).