In a life threatening emergency dial 000 for Police, Fire and Ambulance.
As water moves through the river system and flood plains, it takes on a dark colour appearance often referred to as Blackwater. The black appearance of the water is due to the release of carbon compounds (including tannins). Blackwater is a naturally occurring process when organic material such as leaves and twigs decay in waterways. Treated drinking water remains completely safe, though it may be a little discoloured. Further information is available via Lower Murray Water.
Fish death information
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has flagged that flooding in the north-west of Victoria could lead to further fish deaths over the coming weeks. Blackwater is a natural event, something native fish have evolved with.
- The EPA is working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, water corporations and catchment management authorities to manage fish death events.
- The public is asked not to handle any distressed or dead fish.
- The best chance of recovery for distressed fish is to be left alone by the public.
- Members of the community are urged to contact the EPA’s Pollution Hotline on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) if they see large numbers of fish.
With high flood water and warmer weather, snake risks may be high in your area.
Rain and floods have led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes found in Victoria do not carry disease, although some do and can include Ross River Fever, Barmah Forest Virus or occasionally Murray River Encephalitis (MRE).
To avoid mosquito bites, wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent. For further information go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au and search 'Beat the Bite'.