History repeats itself – Benalla wakes to minor flooding on Monday morning

Date: 2021-09-06 16:18:45

It was 100 years ago on Friday that Benalla awoke to a flooded town, and Monday, September 6, 2021, was not much different.

Luckily this week’s floods did not reach the level of those in 1921 with the biggest affect on the Rose City being the closure of the stock bridge, and lakeside walking track.

Water levels had been rising during the weekend, however, flood warnings were initially only for the surrounding area.

However, by Sunday authorities knew the Broken River was expected to break its banks, and a warning was issued.

Benalla Rural City Council moved quickly to close the stock bridge, and tracks around Lake Benalla.

Luckily this flooding was only minor and on Monday morning the biggest affect seemed to be that it drew a good percentage of the Rose City’s photographers down to try and catch that one-in-a-million shot.

Despite water levels being relatively low, Victoria State Emergency Service released information reminding people to be cautious.

That advice, which remains relevant should the water rise again, included:

What you should do:

● Be prepared to act if your situation changes.

● You should stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters and monitoring warnings.

● Contact family members and neighbours to ensure they are aware of the situation.

● Farmers should consider moving livestock and machinery to higher ground.

● Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

Flood information:

● For river heights check www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 659 217.

● For urgent animal welfare issues, phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or your local vet.

Emergency contacts:

● For life-threatening emergencies, phone Triple Zero (000).

● For flood and storm emergency assistance from the SES, phone 132 500.

Stay informed:

● Go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au

● Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

● Phone the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on 1800 226 226 (freecall).

● People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

● For help with English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.

● Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#vicfloods) or Facebook.

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