Im­pacts of del­uge were felt across the re­gion

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By De­clan Martin

Tatura was hit by 81.2 mm of rain at the week­end, more than dou­ble the De­cem­ber av­er­age.

How­ever, it was far from the worst hit in the area as Murchi­son had to con­tend with 152 mm of rain while Stan­hope re­ceived 168 mm.

Tatura State Emer­gency Ser­vice had 12 vol­un­teers in the field who at­tended a large num­ber of re­quests for as­sis­tance for trees down or leak­ing roofs on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Tatura SES unit con­troller Stephen Tuck said a crew was in the field all Fri­day night and didn’t knock off un­til 7 am.

‘‘In Tatura, there was a lot of wa­ter over the roads, such as Gal­loway St, and it was great to see how ac­tive the com­mu­nity was for the weather event by col­lect­ing sand­bags from the SES shed in town be­fore the rain fell,’’ he said.

‘‘There were plenty of calls for as­sis­tance for the SES but Tatura was for­tu­nate in that a range of po­ten­tial im­pacts of the storm did not even­tu­ate.

‘‘It’s pleas­ing to see so many SES mem­bers will­ing to turn out in­clud­ing at night and in the rain.’’

Mr Tuck high­lighted the great work of Tatura SES duty of­fi­cers Cheyenne Keem and Justin Maskell, who were work­ing in 12-hour shifts, triag­ing re­quests for help and man­ag­ing re­sources.

The sand­bags be­ing handed to res­i­dents in Tatura were filled by in­mates at the Dhur­ringile Prison and trans­ported to Tatura SES shed so peo­ple could pre­pare for worst-case sce­nar­ios.

Mr Tuck said res­i­dents should re­main cau­tious be­cause some ar­eas still had wa­ter over roads and he re­minded peo­ple to not drive through flood­wa­ter and to be aware that pools of wa­ter would be­come breed­ing grounds for mos­qui­toes in com­ing days.

Sport and events were can­celled be­cause of the rain but the biggest im­pact was felt by crop­ping farm­ers in the mid­dle of their har­vest.

Murchi­son farmer Pat Deane said if more rain fell in com­ing days he may have to wait un­til Christ­mas be­fore he can get ma­chin­ery back on the pad­dock.

Wild weather: (Top) John and Irena Crilly snapped this photo of an over­flow­ing Lake Bartlett dur­ing the wet week­end in Tatura. Flooded: (Right) Crop­ping Farm­ers across the Goul­burn Val­ley have to wait weeks be­fore as­sess­ing the dam­age to their crops....

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