Australia – Homes Flooded in North Eastern Victoria After Record Rain

Dozens of homes have been inundated in north eastern Victoria, Australia, after record rainfall over the last few days.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said on Saturday that many places across north eastern Victoria recorded over 150 mm of rain in 24 hours between 09:00 Friday 01 December and 09:00 Saturday, 02 December, 2017.

According to BoM, the highest recorded rainfall was 186 mm at Mt Wombat near Strathbogie. Lake Eildon broke its all-time daily rainfall record by almost half, recording 149 mm, and 123 mm at Echuca was the highest daily rainfall recorded there since records began in 1881.

The heavy rain caused some rivers to overflow, including the Ovens River in Wangaratta and Sevens Creek in Euroa. Dozens of homes were flooded in Wangaratta, Euroa and Myrtleford.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino have announced disaster assistance for those affected by the severe weather.

The rain caused some minor flooding in other areas of the state and some raods have been closed. Victoria State Emergency Services received around 2,500 calls for assistance during the severe weather.

Melbourne also saw heavier periods of rain during Friday and overnight. BoM said that “21 mm was recorded in the city, but suburbs across the north and east of the city saw more like 30 to 50 mm, and Healesville, to Melbourne’s east, saw 80 mm of rain in that 24 hours.”

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Flood Summary

Last updated: December 4, 2017
Event
Southern Australia, December 2017
Date
December 1 to December 4, 2017
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Wangaratta
B - Euroa
C - Myrtleford

Magnitude

Rainfall level
182.2 mm in 24 hours
Gooram (Hillside) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
Rainfall level
181.4 mm in 24 hours
Stump Hill (Barjarg) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
Rainfall level
174 mm in 24 hours
Gooram (Morella) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
River level
5.10 metres
Seven Creeks in Euroa - December 2 to December 2, 2017
major flood level is 4.6 metres
River level
11.75 metres
Ovens River in Wangaratta - December 4 to December 4, 2017
Minor flood level 11.90 metres

Damages

Houses damaged
100 houses
Victoria, Australia - December 1 to December 4, 2017
Estimated figure: local media reported 73 homes damaged in Wangaratta, but also an unspecified number of home flooded in Euroa and Myrtleford

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