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Take care in parks and forests with heavy rainfall predicted

Wednesday 12 June, 2013

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria are asking visitors to take care in Victoria's parks and forests over the next few days with heavy rainfall predicted from Wednesday afternoon for South West, Central and Gippsland areas.

Parks Victoria Regional Director East Andrew Marshall said park rangers had been out to speak to school groups and campers at Wilsons Promontory National Park and other parks in the Gippsland area.

"We urge people to err on the side of caution with this significant weather system developing over the coming days," said Mr Marshall.  "Public safety is our top priority and we need to take every precaution."

Areas around the Otways are also predicted to be hit by heavy rain.

DEPI and Parks Victoria will close some tracks and trails in the interests of safety. 

DEPI Agency Commander Kendra Dean said the roads and tracks in forests and parks will be extremely slippery and urged visitors to exercise caution.

"The wet weather may also lead to trees falling across roads and tracks, and flooding in recreational and campsites. Visitors just need to be mindful of the potential impact on where they are visiting in parks and forests."

Check for any changes affecting the park you intend to visit by going directly to the park page.

For more information about the current emergency situation call the SES Flood Information Line on 1300 842 737 (1300 VIC SES) or visit www.ses.vic.gov.au. For road closures visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au and visit www.bom.gov.au to stay up-to-date with the weather.



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