Victorians Urged To Brace For More Flooding

Its gonna be wet!


13 December 2018

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Victorians are being urged to brace for more flooding after a month's worth of rain fell in parts of the state overnight and the wild weather is set to continue.

A flash flood warning is in place for Wangaratta, Byawatha and surrounding areas including the Hume Freeway on Friday and authorities are bracing for continued high water levels on Friday.

Twenty homes flooded in the Birchip area in central Victoria overnight and 10 people were evacuated. A community meeting will be held later today, the SES said.

"It's like an ocean here where we are at the moment, our whole street is under water," one resident told 3AW on Friday.

A severe weather warning for heavy rain and flash flooding is most likely to occur about the northeast ranges, the Otways, in south Gippsland and over far east Gippsland, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday.

Rain areas and isolated thunderstorms are expected across the warning area, with periods of heavy rain that may cause flash flooding.

Affected areas may include Bright, Yarram, Mallacoota, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

More than a month's worth of rain has already fallen across parts of Victoria.

People are reminded not to drive through floodwater, after 120 people needed rescuing from the Hume Freeway south of Wangaratta, including 17 by helicopter.

Up to 500 vehicles were impacted by floodwaters on the Hume Freeway.

Significant traffic diversions are in place, with large parts of the Hume Freeway are closed and drivers urged to plan ahead for longer trips.

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