Shepparton News

Get set for big wet, chance of flooding

- By Darren Linton

The region is expecting 50-60 mm of rainfall over the next few days, but higher falls are possible with thundersto­rms also forming.

The Bureau of Meteorolog­y forecast is for 25-35 mm today, 10-15 mm tomorrow and up to 8 mm on Friday.

Today’s and tomorrow’s forecast includes the potential for severe thundersto­rms in the afternoon which could significan­tly add to rainfall totals.

A high pressure system moving slowly east over the Tasman Sea will cause a low pressure system and an associated trough to stall as it moves across Victoria from the west.

The low and trough will move slowly over Victoria today and tomorrow before weakening on Friday although isolated showers are forecast to continue until early next week.

The Victorian State Emergency Service has warned residents to ‘‘expect the unexpected’’ and prepare for heavy rainfall.

‘‘SES volunteers respond to tens of thousands of calls for help due to storms every year, many of these are from people whose ceilings and walls are flooded with water due to blocked and overwhelme­d rain gutters, drains and downpipes,’’ VICSES north-east region commander Sue Sheldrick said.

‘‘Taking care to check and clean your gutters, drains and downpipes before heavy rainfall can avoid frightenin­g, dangerous and expensive damage to your home.’’

River catchments in north-east Victoria are already wet and SES said the forecast rainfall would most likely cause minor level f looding in some rivers and streams.

Flash flooding is also possible

from severe thundersto­rms.

In advance of the wet weather the Murray Darling Basin Authority has started releasing more than

20,000 megalitres of water from the Hume Dam per day to create airspace.

‘‘Above–average rainfall is

expected in the upper Murray catchment in late September and October and there is an increased chance of f looding, particular­ly on the floodplain­s between Hume Dam and Yarrawonga Weir,’’ MDBA acting chief executive Andrew Reynolds said.

 ?? Picture: MDBA ?? Playing safe: More water is being released to make way for inflows at Hume Dam.
Picture: MDBA Playing safe: More water is being released to make way for inflows at Hume Dam.

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