Heavy rainfall in the North East over the last few days has again caused Wangaratta residents to discuss a town icon: the Yogi bear creature in Apex Park.
The Yogi bear statue has become an unofficial flood gauge for the community, with people referencing how high flood waters rise in relation Yogi's different body parts.
From 9am Thursday to 9am Monday, Wangaratta received about 18mm of rain.
The Wangaratta park run is held weekly at the Apex Park, and event director Graeme Blanch said he was hoping both COVID-19 restrictions and the weather would permit the event to continue this Saturday.
"I think we'll be very lucky to be running COVID-wise and I think we'd be very lucky to be running river-wise too," he said.
"The river has risen further overnight so it's now above 12 metres, which I think is called minor flooding.
"But basically, you know how Wangaratta people talk about Yogi?
"Yogi's got wet feet."
On Monday, Yogi also got wet knees, hips, shoulders and a wet neck.
Mr Blanch said the flooding was "beautiful" but problematic.
"It's great seeing the creeks being flushed, but it's not much good," he said.
"If it stays below 10 metres we can run a short course, but we can't run it at all with it this high.
"It'll be interesting to see what the river does.
"We just have to grin and bear it."
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Bureau of Meteorology Victorian duty forecaster Miriam Bradbury said there had been a "wintry outbreak" in the last few days.
"[It] began at the end of last week and it brought showers, rain areas, fairly low snow levels and strong winds across Victoria, including the north east area," she said.
Ms Bradbury said the highest rainfall totals from Thursday to Monday had been 98mm at Porepunkah, 91mm at Edi Upper, followed by 85mm at Harrietville.
"Fairly decent rainfall totals accumulated across that rainfall period, we also had some fairly strong winds," she said.
"The strongest rain gust that we had recorded across the weekend was a 91-kilometre per hour gust at Mount Buller.
"In the wake of that system that came through we've got fairly cool temperatures on the way, generally speaking, between 10 and 13 degrees across north eastern Victoria."
In the same rainfall period Wodonga recorded 45mm of rain, Benalla had 27mm and Yarrawonga had 10mm
Minor flood warnings for all of the Kiewa, Ovens and King rivers are still in place.
Ms Bradbury said they were expected to remain in place today.
She said Tuesday's weather was expected to bring a cold front, increasing winds and more rainfall to elevated parts of the North East.
A sheep graziers warning is also in place.
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