We mark 25th anniversary of the ’93 floods
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.