SES volunteers continue to respond to widespread flooding

7 09 2010

Date: 07 September 2010 Time: 06:00 HRS


SES volunteers continue to respond to widespread flooding across Victoria, with over 300 properties affected so far.
280 properties are at-risk of being flood affected today at Shepparton, Wangaratta and Horsham.
The Shepparton area remains an operational focus as the Goulburn River is rising slowly, and expected to peak at around 11 metres throughout the day. SES has warned the at-risk properties to be prepared to evacuate if river levels threaten their properties.
SES and local government are continuing to monitor the Wilson Road Levee at Wangaratta, with two weak points of the levee posing a potential threat to around 60 homes in the area.
Residents from behind the levee have been evacuated until the threat eases.
The situation at Horsham is being closely monitored this morning, with the Wimmera River levels expected to rise from an estimated 2.4 metres to around 3.5 metres. Some 20 properties are at-risk in this area.
In other areas minor, moderate and major flood warnings are still in place for rivers across the state.
Extensive rural inundation is likely to occur over the coming days along the Goulburn downstream of Shepparton; Murray River from Corowa to Tocumwal; Avoca River downstream of Charlton; Wimmera River downstream of Glenorchy and the Loddon River downstream of Serpentine.
VICSES has now have received over 4350 Requests for Assistance since Saturday and crews will work through Tuesday to complete remaining storm damage tasks.
The Commonwealth Government is providing assistance for the replenishment of current sandbag stocks.
Interstate SES crews from South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland are assisting their Victorian counterparts.

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