‘A summer’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours’

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Rains are expected to ease in Victoria after a summer’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours, causing flash floods and forcing people from their homes.


Melbourne weather: A summer’s worth of rain in 24 hours

Flood warnings remain in place across north-eastern Victoria, but the wet weather is expected to ease after the deluge dumped two days of record-breaking rain, causing flash floods and forcing people from their homes.

The storm front hit the state on Friday, with the northeast the worst affected as Euroa, Myrtleford and the Buckland Valley faced severe flooding.

“We think after that the main low will move away and we will just see showery, cool weather through most of the state for the remainder of Sunday,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Scott Williams said.

Most of the rain will have stopped by 9am but the forecaster warned there would still be flood risks with water yet to reach lower parts of rivers.

“This (floods) will continue to go on for quite sometime after the rain stops,” Mr Williams said.

On Saturday, rainfall in parts of the state broke 100-year records.

A flash flood warning was issued for suburbs including Bentleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Elwood, Gardenvale, Glen Huntly, McKinnon, Moorabbin, Ormond, Ripponlea, St Kilda, Brighton, Cheltenham, Highett, Malvern East and Murrumbeena.

A State Control Centre spokeswoman said residents were being doorknocked at 10pm on Saturday.

“They’re expecting high tide to affect the Elwood Canal and with steady rain – there’s about 10 millimetres an hour – it’s looking like that will impact the water there and along that area that’s affected by the Elwood Canal,” she said.

“There has been some doorknocking done to make people aware of what the situation is around the most affected part of the Elwood Canal.”

Port Phillip mayor Bernadene Voss said on Saturday night that the council was ready to help if people needed to evacuate. The Elwood Canal will reach high tide at 2.58am.

Heavy rainfall is causing localised flash flooding, with a minor flood level of 2.1 metres likely to be reached.

Between 20 millimetres and 50 millimetres were predicted to bucket down on the city over Saturday night. 

After a day of light drizzle on Saturday, “a significant band of rainfall” hit Melbourne around 5pm. 

Within 20 minutes of the latest band of rain sweeping across the city, flooding was reported in Brighton East, Yallambie and Thornbury, trees were down in Hawthorn, Yarraville and Wantirna, and building damage was reported in Northcote, Ringwood, Brunswick and Greensborough.

A landslip closed Lower Heidelberg Road at Eaglemont on Saturday, from Carlsberg Road to Burke Road, with local traffic access only.

Drivers were being advised to take Bulleen Road or Upper Heidelberg Road instead.

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