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.”
Here are some 3 day totals for this weekend's rain event in #Victoria. The North East and North Central districts generally recorded the heaviest falls, but the highest total for this event was Mount St Leonard with a whopping 228.4mm pic.twitter.com/GVDVPJ8TI1
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) December 3, 2017
There have been a number of rescues across the North East of the state with people driving into flood water. We can't emphasise enough how dangerous this can be – it only take as little as 15cm of water for a small vehicle to float. Never drive through flood waters. #vicfloods pic.twitter.com/BoFyk21xoW
— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) December 2, 2017
Rainfall has eased across Victoria. Flood warnings remain in place for a number of rivers. Stay informed via https://t.co/dN9awPlbU9 & https://t.co/RnpIhWEkE2
Support services & financial assistance is available. More info at https://t.co/om3UfMnPa9 or call 1800 226 226. pic.twitter.com/OxThUDIrRc
— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) December 3, 2017
— Matt Mills (@MattMills007) December 2, 2017
There are still a number of road closures in place across the state. Please ensure you check the VicRoads website for travel information before you travel. Visit https://t.co/GmQAEVFd71 for more info. @VicRoads @VicTraffic #vicstorms pic.twitter.com/R0bMup7ekM
— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) December 4, 2017
MFB swift water rescue teams have been deployed to assist with flooding across Vic. Pics taken in Euroa today.
A reminder why you should never enter floodwaters. You never know what may be floating just below the surface.
Stay safe team & good luck! ^GL pic.twitter.com/mwVEutpCrE
— Greg Leach (@MFBChief) December 3, 2017
B - Euroa
C - Myrtleford
Gooram (Hillside) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
Stump Hill (Barjarg) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
Gooram (Morella) - December 1 to December 2, 2017
Seven Creeks in Euroa - December 2 to December 2, 2017
major flood level is 4.6 metres
Ovens River in Wangaratta - December 4 to December 4, 2017
Minor flood level 11.90 metres
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