Flooding to stay around for time being

FLOODED: Timothy Cameron, Krystal Delnapoli and Darcy Joyce stick to the dry path around the flooded creek at Swan Street and Coonooer Court. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THE North East is “saturated like a wet sponge” and set up for more flooding, the State Emergency Service (SES) has warned.

More rain this week – 16.8 millimetres between Friday and Monday – has topped up the Ovens and King catchments to the point where a flood warning or watch is being issued almost every day.

And the forecast will not provide any relief, with up to 10mm of rain predicted to fall again today and up to 50mm on Saturday.

The Ovens River fell below minor level on the weekend, but the Bureau of Meteorology has issued another flood warning for renewed minor flooding later today.

SES acting North East regional manager, Neil Payn, urged Victorians to prepare for the possibility of flooding.

“Consistent rainfall over the region means catchments are already saturated and our creeks and rivers are running high, so any further rainfall increases the chance of flooding, as the water simply won’t be able to soak into the ground,” he said.

“We would expect the forecast wet conditions to prolong the minor flooding that is already out there at the least, and we could see some levels rise to moderate flooding.”

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