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More rain on the way for waterlogged Victoria

POSTED: 
20 September 2016

A new rain band with potential for localised, heavy thunderstorms will sweep across Victoria overnight, with the state’s emergency services warning Victorians to remain vigilant.

Widespread falls of between 20 mm and 40 mm are forecast for the northwest of the state on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, with the potential for thunderstorms and flash flooding.

The rain will contract east over northern Victoria on Wednesday. 

Victoria State Emergency Service has received more than 1300 calls for assistance in the past 10 days, with 513 of those flood related. There have been 21 people rescued from floodwater.

192 roads are closed across the state, and 25 local government areas have been impacted by floodwater.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said with more rain on the way, the potential for further flooding was likely with rivers already high and continuing to rise.

“With recent significant rainfall, the state is saturated and we are likely to continue to experience flooding in the coming days and weeks,’’ he said.

“The north west of the state, including Mildura, Ouyen, Walpeup, Horsham and Charlton, is expected to be hardest hit and will continue to experience flood impacts.

“Victorians were well prepared for last week’s significant weather events and showed great community sprit working together with emergency services to respond quickly and minimise impacts.

VICSES State Response Controller Trevor White urged Victorians to be careful, monitor local conditions and look out for each other.

“This flooding is going to be around for a while as the water continues to travel through our river systems,’’ he said.

Mr White said extensive rainfall had caused damage to Victoria’s road networks with a number of closures in place, while landslides continued to be a danger.

“It is extremely important that people take care when travelling on the roads these school holidays, and keep up to date with the latest road closures by visiting the VicRoads website,” he said.

“Never drive, walk, swim or play in floodwater.”

Travellers are advised that while sections of the Great Ocean Road are closed, the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay are open for business and the Twelve Apostles are still accessible by alternate routes.

Emergency relief assistance is available to support people who are suffering personal hardship, as well as funding for local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets.

Further information regarding disaster assistance and eligibility can be found on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief or the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

Anyone who has been affected by the floods should call their local council or the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line (1300 799 232).

For general information, the Flood and Storm Information Line (1300 842 737 or 1300 VICSES) is activated until further notice.

For more information or for the latest warnings and advice, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au