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Glenelg River flood watch in western Victoria

Laura Poole, Tuesday August 20, 2013 - 13:54 EST
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Alan Astbury with dog Meg at the Glenelg River at Dergholm. - ABC

Creeks and rivers through western Victoria are rising as the soil profile saturates and rain keeps falling.

The Glenelg River is spilling out over its banks in a couple of spots as water rushes through Harrow, in the Western District, on its way south to Nelson, near the South Australian border.

It's been a dramatic turnaround after the driest spring and summer on record.

Alan Astbury, from Dergholm, has lived on the river all his life.

"All the summer we were wondering if we were going to get any rain. Within two months it's turned around and now it's just phenomenal the amount of water we've got."

His family has taken the official river heights measurements for more than 50 years.

"The year 1946 is probably the oldest memory I have. I was only about eight then.

"It was an enormous flood and it came up real quick. It reached the bottom of our house in our orchard."

Up until last year, Alan Astbury and wife Jean had continued to take the official river height measurements for the weather bureau.

However, an automated level reader was installed, as the job made it difficult for the Astburys to travel.

Mr Astbury says the river is part of his family's history.

"When you move away from it, you do miss it."


© ABC 2013

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