Date: 2021-09-06 05:57:38
Flood warnings across eastern Victoria after heavy weekend rain
Monday September 6, 2021 – 05:23 EST
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Flood warnings have been issued across eastern Victoria after heavy rain swept through Gippsland over the weekend, smashing record levels.
Records were broken for Bairnsdale’s daily September rainfall with 50 millimetres recorded on both Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, in east Gippsland near Lakes Entrance, the Lake Bunga catchment opened into the ocean for the first time in eight years.
Josephine Jakobi from Lake Tyers said she was thrilled to hear the catchment had broken its banks to flow between Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers.
“Lake Bunga has a tiny little catchment, it’s really small, so it’s quite exciting when it finally gets full enough to break through,” she said.
In the same region, Bemm River recorded 179mm, at Bete Bolong 82mm fell over 36 hours, while Orbost recorded 95mm for the week to 9:00am Sunday.
The State Emergency Service responded to dozens of calls for help.
In Lakes Entrance, a house was inundated and SES teams were called to reports of landslides which closed some local roads.
Genoa resident Fiona Sheehan said her town recorded 70mm in the past two days on the back of 92mm the week before.
She said her children have been stuck inside due to the rain.
“Remote learning has been made even more challenging with all the wet weather ? there have been limited opportunities for the kids to get outside and burn off steam,” she said.
“We are all tired of the yo-yo-ing between remote learning and face-to-face learning and really the kids just need to get back in the classroom.”
There were still moderate flood warnings in place for the Latrobe and Mitchell rivers but both were likely to drop to a minor flood level later Monday.
There was also a minor flood warning for the Avon, Macalister, Snowy, Thompson and Tambo rivers.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Chris Arvier said there was a significant amount of rainfall near Bairnsdale and further east, but most rivers had peaked.
“Heavy rains have eased and we are looking at a mostly dry and drier week ahead,” he said.
Local farmers have been urged to move livestock and machinery to higher ground if necessary.
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