Weather Country Victorians urged to find higher ground as torrential rain rolls south from NSW

Country Victorians urged to find higher ground as torrential rain rolls south from NSW

It's only eight months since the last extreme weather event soaked Traralgon and parts of eastern Victoria.. Photo: AAP
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Now it’s Victoria’s turn to endure the sort of torrential rains that have plagued NSW for weeks, with communities across the start’s eastern region urged to seek higher ground.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s alert, issued on Sunday morning, follows heavy rain that has flooded rivers and with more severe weather on the way.

Bemm River residents are being told to urgently enact their flood plans, with road access to be cut at Sydenham Inlet Road on Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

“You may become isolated, with no access in or out of your home,” residents were warned.

“Ensure you have prepared for this event or consider leaving now. Remember to take your pets, mobile phone, spare clothes and medications if you leave.”

Cann River residents have also been urged to prepare for a move to higher ground, with fears the river near Weeragua and Chandlers Creek will also see major flooding by Sunday night.

Communities around the Buchan River are also warned to move their stock and machinery to higher ground, with that catchment also expected to reach major flooding by Sunday night.

Across the region, major flood warnings are also in place for the Snowy, Buchan, Bemm and Cann rivers after heavy rain also lashed the region on Saturday.

In the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday, up to 35 millimetres of rain was recorded across the Snowy River, with isolated totals of up to 66mm.

Worse to come

Another 20 to 100mm of rain could hit the river over the rest of the day and water levels on the Snowy River downstream at McKillops Bridge could rise to major flooding by the evening.

Residents around the Snowy are urged to move to higher ground with fears the river near Orbost could exceed above seven metres by Monday morning.

“Move stock and machinery to higher ground. Prepare to take actions to protect your life and property,” an emergency alert said.

“You may become isolated and need to activate your flood plan due to the potential impacts to Orbost from coming flood water.”

Meanwhile, the Bemm, Cann and Genoa rivers have received between 20 and 100 millimetres of rain, with isolated showers of up to 170mm, since 9am on Saturday.

With more rain expected throughout the day, the rivers could reach major flood levels by Sunday night.

-with AAP