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December 04, 2017

A stormy start to the weekend kept Victorian residents on their toes as people braced for a deluge of rain.

A stormy start to the weekend kept Victorian residents on their toes as people braced for a deluge of rain.

The wet and wild resulted in the Shepparton Incident Control Centre responding to 361 requests for assistance between Thursday and yesterday.

Deputy incident controller Brendan Corboy said, in the Goulburn Broken Catchment area, Euroa recorded the most calls for assistance at 106, while Kilmore followed at 35 and Mansfield at 33.

Mr Corboy said the Shepparton Incident Control Centre covered eight shires including Strathbogie, Greater Shepparton, Mansfield, Benalla and Moira and responded to any calls for assistance that came through the Victoria SES hotline.

Mr Corboy said in places, such as Euroa the flooding was more obvious because of drainage issues and to help people during the incident, 25 emergency volunteers came across from Melbourne.

He said it was fortunate other parts of the state were not severely impacted by the weather, so these emergency volunteers could direct their attention to Euroa.

During the rainfall Strathbogie recorded the third highest rainfall in Victoria at 221mm, Euroa received 159mm and Stanhope received 168mm.

Euroa’s rainfall broke 132 years of records in the town, while Stanhope and Echuca also broke records.

Mr Corboy said across the weekend seven people had to be rescued from floodwater.

‘‘I think we’ve been very lucky that no-one’s lost their life through driving through floodwater,’’ he said.

Mr Corboy said it was vital people did not drive through floodwater and remembered that a small car could start floating at 15cm of water.

‘‘The reality is when we divert resources for that someone else’s home is probably going under because we can’t sandbag it,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day it’s our volunteers who have to fish the dead bodies out of cars and that’s not a pleasant thing to have to do.’’

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