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Northern Victoria prepares for a soaking with a month's worth of rain expected this week

Tuesday September 28, 2021 - 00:53 EST
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Albury Wodonga could see up to 70-80 millimetres in the next four days as a rain band moves through the region. - ABC

Residents in northern and north-east Victoria are being told to get ready for a week of wet weather with some areas in the region expected to get a month's worth of rain in just a few days.

The State Emergency Service (SES) is urging the community to be prepared for days of sustained rainfall, with the potential for minor flooding and flash flooding.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Jonathan Howe said residents should make the most of today's warmer temperatures before a rain band moves in later tonight.

"That rain band will stretch all the way from south-west Victoria through Echuca and through Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga as well, so quite an extensive band of rain to come," he said.

Mr Howe said areas such as Shepparton and Echuca could see four-day rainfall totals of between 20-40 millimetres, while those towards the north-east such as Albury Wodonga could see up to 70-80 millimetres.

He said Thursday could see the most active storms with damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding as well the potential for thunderstorms.

"Things can change quite quickly particularly if we do see quite a hefty thunderstorm move across the catchment."

SES asking people to be prepared

SES North East regional duty officer Dan Walton said this month had proven residents needed to be prepared for anything, with an earthquake and now storms and potential flooding.

"Get those gutters cleaned, talk to your neighbours find out if they're home and if you can help out at their place if they are not at home, and remember never to drive through floodwater," he said.

Mr Walton said the service was preparing for potentially wild weather.

"Flash flooding doesn't always happen on a river it can happen in the main street of your town or in other built-up areas, so there are bigger consequences to be had."

The BOM expected flood warnings to be posted today.

Mr Howe says residents can expect a slight easing of conditions on Saturday morning, with more showers are expected into Saturday night and Sunday.

"It's really going to be back to back days of showers, if you've got any Netflix series or books you need to read it's a good opportunity to stay inside and get on top on those."


© ABC 2021

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