Flood information and updates
During high river levels, it is important to observe all warnings and road closures. Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater. A ‘road closed’ or a ‘road flooded’ sign means the road is unsafe to travel on. It is important to be aware of any closures to roads and amenities across the region, while observing all safety signs and remaining vigilant as conditions can change rapidly.
Local road closures
- Cureton Avenue at entrance to Apex Park, Mildura
- Flora Avenue (river track) closed from Eighth Street edge of flood water to Boundary Road, Mildura
- Ranfurly Way - river access tracks closed, Mildura
In a life threatening emergency dial 000 for Police, Fire and Ambulance.
Public access to Apex Park remains closed, with all roads and walking tracks blocked for public safety. The property is being managed by Council and will continue to be monitored as the floodwaters recede.
Access to Hugh King Drive from the lawn tennis club to Lock 11 has reopened, including the public toilets however, the car and bus parking areas remain closed to allow the subsurface to dry thoroughly. The Lock 11 grounds also remain closed.
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'.