1995 A man drowned in swollen flood waters in northern Victoria yesterday as he tried to save his dog.
The man went into Burnt Creek, near Dunolly, 174 km northwest of Melbourne, to retrieve his dog, a police spokesman said.
It seemed he then became caught up in floodwaters and drowned, the spokesman said.
The discovery of the man's body was reported to police at 3.50pm.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a moderate flood warning for three rivers in the north central area of the state, near Bendigo.
It also said a number of streams were experiencing minor flooding.
The north central area of the state, which includes Kyneton, is awash after being lashed by more than 100mm of rain over the past three days.
"The man became trapped in the swollen waters," he said.
"When last seen (about 3pm), he was going under the bridge."
The woman is understood to have alerted police.
"Burnt Creek was fairly swollen at thetime," Sgt Fraser said.
The drowning happened near a bridge close to the Avoca-Dunolly Road, not far from the township of Dunolly, he said.
The man's dog swam back to shore and was not injured, Sgt Fraser said