We mark 25th an­niver­sary of the ’93 floods

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By By Si­mon Rup­pert

On Oc­to­ber 4, 1993, Be­nalla awoke to the worst flood­ing in the town’s his­tory.

Tor­ren­tial rain be­gan about 7 am on Oc­to­ber 3 and did not stop un­til 9 am the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

In that time 165 mm fell on Be­nalla and in the sur­round­ing high­lands that fig­ure was al­most dou­ble.

Wa­ter flowed into the town­ship over- night caus­ing mil­lions of dol­lars worth of dam­age, and dis­plac­ing many res­i­dents.

Be­nalla was a di­vided city with the wa­ter ef­fec­tively cut­ting it in half, the only ac­cess be­tween the two sides was a dan­ger­ous walk across the rail bridge.

At the time Be­nalla Mayor Ge­off Oliver told The En­sign that no-one fore­saw the fe­roc­ity of the floods and the mag­ni­tude of what would hap­pen.

SES and Po­lice were in charge of the in­ci­dent and were re­spon­si­ble for the safe evac­u­a­tion of many res­i­dents.

The pic­tures in­side were taken by En­sign staff work­ing that day; An­drew Tauber, Den­nis Hayes, Alan Thomp­son, Dar­ren Skel­ton and Shep­par­ton News pho­tog­ra­pher Ray Sizer.

Other pho­tos were sup­plied Be­nalla His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Turn to pages 17-20 for more.

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