Australia – Flash Floods and Landslides Hit North East Victoria

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) in Australia said they have responded to over 100 requests for assistance after a storm brought heavy rain, floods and strong winds to northern and eastern parts of the state between 08 and 09 December 2015.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe weather warning yesterday for the storm that was “likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones” particularly for eastern areas of the state.

Sever weather warning for parts of Victoria, Australia, 08 December 2015. Image: BoM
Sever weather warning for parts of Victoria, Australia, 08 December 2015. Image: BoM

SES said that significant rainfall occurred in the vicinity of Moyhu in North East Victoria, causing flash flooding and bringing trees down. The heavy rain caused a landslide in Ovens, causing some damage to several houses.

Flash floods and landslides in Victoria, Australia, 08 to 09 December 2015. Photo: Victoria SES
Flash floods and landslides in Victoria, Australia, 08 to 09 December 2015. Photo: Victoria SES

BoM figures say that Ovens River saw 82.4 mm of rain and Eurobin 85.4 mm in 24 hours to 09:00 local time 09 December 2015. Local media report that most of the rain, up to 50 mm, fell in a one hour period.