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Flash Flooding Fallout Begins

January 9, 2024 11:08 am in by
Credit: Michael Dunning via Getty Images.

As the sun rises over a flood-stricken Victoria, many residents are preparing for the worst. Although the rain has halted, the fallout from the heavy downpour is just beginning.

Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Gaelle Broad, extends words of warning and concern for locals affected.

The largest rainfall totals in the 24 hours to 9 am Monday were:

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  • Central Highlands (Wild Duck Creek, near Heathcote) – 181mm
  • Heathcote – 154.4mm
  • Ash Bridge (Hilldene) – 153.6mm
  • Avalon Station (Willowmavin) – 136.6mm
  • Campaspe river at Redesdale – 135mm
  • Pyalong – 130mm
  • Redesdale town – 117.2mm
  • Bendigo – 91.8mm

The largest rainfall totals since 9 am Monday have been:

  • Reeves Knob – 83.2mm
  • Mt Baw Baw – 74.2mm
  • Mt Moornapa – 72mm
  • Briagolong – 69.2mm

Across the whole event, the highest totals reported so far are:

  • Central Highlands (Wild Duck Creek) – 183.4mm
  • Ash Bridge (Hildene) – 177.6mm
  • Flowerdale – 161mm
  • Heathcote – 154.4mm
  • Avalon Station (Willowmavin) – 148.8mm
  • Campaspe River at Redesdale – 136.4mm
  • Strath Creek – 136.2mm
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Most of the severe rain and storm activity has cleared Victoria, although there is still the chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms in the east, mainly about the ranges.

There is a small risk of some heavy rainfall with thunderstorms in the far northeast today. Dry conditions in the west. Riverine flood warnings continue.

An Emergency Relief Centre has been opened at the Bendigo Showgrounds for anyone impacted by the wet weather and can no longer stay in their homes. Only impacted residents are to attend the relief centre, if it is safe to get there. If you are unable to travel, please contact the SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is an emergency.

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