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Get ready for another once in 100 years weather event

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December 01, 2017

Photo: Tammy Mackenzie-Ross

Areas flooded in Echuca Saturday morning. Photo: Luke Hemer

Troy Marks cools off under a water pump at Hopwood Gardens, Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Areas flooded in Echuca Saturday morning. Photo: Luke Hemer

Ian Ritchie got a new boat for his birthday in March. 

And used it for the first time today - in his street. 

Jamieson Drive in Echuca turned into a tributary of the Murray after the weekend's deluge had nowhere to go. 

He even took daughter Tameeka and her dog Jasper for a ride. 

More pics in The Riv on Monday.

EARLIER: 

PARTS of Echuca have been inundated with water this morning.

And there's more rain to come.

YESTERDAY:

ECHUCA-MOAMA is likely to receive its entire December rainfall average today.

And possibly more than its entire summer rainfall average in the next two days.

The deluge is expected to start early today, with up to 125mm of rainfall predicted for the area today and tomorrow as widespread thunderstorms cover the state this weekend.

Echuca’s average rainfall for the month is 29mm, while the summer average is 83mm.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Gina Lawrie said Echuca-Moama was expected to receive 15mm-45mm today and 30mm-80mm tomorrow.

‘‘It will be persistent Friday and Saturday and is expected to ease off Saturday night,’’ she said.

Widespread falls of between 100-200mm are also predicted throughout north-east, north central and central Victoria.

‘‘This is very unusual and is shaping up to be a significant rain event that even some of our staff haven’t seen in their career,’’ Ms Lawrie said.

It’s a concern for Rochester, which was left devastated by the floods of 2011, when the the town received 125mm of rain in February.

The bureau has issued a severe weather warning for the state, flood watch as well a brown rot advice.

Catchments likely to be affected by flooding include the Campaspe, Loddon and Murray River catchments.

SES Echuca Unit controller Ian Marriott said although members were preparing for some significant rain, people should not panic.

‘‘We have had significant rainfall around here in the past and we will deal with it,’’ he said.

‘‘The message is for people to be prepared.

‘‘There is a fair chance of some flash flooding so everyone needs to check their gutters and drains before it starts. Make sure their neighbours are aware and monitor the media for updates.’’

Mr Marriott said the other important message was to stay safe on the roads.

‘‘Also, you will need to allow extra time for travel — and only travel if it is necessary,’’ he said.

‘‘Never drive through water if you can’t see the roadway – a small car will float in 15cm of water. Even puddles on the road may hide a hole so take it easy.’’

And he urged people not play in flood water and storm water.

‘‘The water will contain all sorts of nasties, hide deeper holes and we have all heard of people being swept away in flowing water,’’ he said.

For flood and storm emergency assistance, call 132500, and to monitor storm conditions go to emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

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