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Community meeting scheduled for Monday

Community meeting scheduled for Monday

A community meeting for Swan Hill and surrounding areas has been scheduled for this coming Monday, 24 October.

The meeting will be held at the Swan Hill Town Hall from 6.30pm and will provide information about the Murray River flood event, with representatives from VICSES, Swan Hill Rural City Council and partner agencies available to answer questions.

The community meeting will be live-streamed online via the Swan Hill Rural City Council Facebook page. With the Murray River at Echuca not expected to peak until later than previously forecast, the opening of sandbag fill points in Swan Hill and surrounding areas has been delayed.

Current advice from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is that the Murray River at Echuca is not expected to peak until sometime on either Sunday or Monday, depending on weekend rainfall.

This has delayed arrival of downstream flows at Swan Hill, with the Murray River now expected to reach minor flood level early to mid next week, with major flood levels possible around 28 to 30 October.

Once the timing of the peak at Swan Hill is refined based on the peak at Echuca, sandbags collection details for community members in at-risk areas will be announced.

Sandbag fill points at Beverford, Lake Boga and Swan Hill will not be open today (Friday) but are expected to be open from Tuesday next week onwards so community members can prepare.

Thunderstorms are possible today over most of Victoria, developing in the north this morning and extending across the state this afternoon and evening, with localised heavy rainfall possible.

People should monitor the BOM website and VicEmergency for the latest information on weather forecasts, river heights and predicted impacts.