Best to be ready for worst

December 05, 2017

A vehicle caught in floodwater at Euroa at the weekend.

As northern Victoria cleans up after a weekend of exceptionally wet weather, it is surprising to see so many people taking their anger out on the Bureau of Meteorology.

Last week Victoria was warned of an absolutely massive rainfall event due to hit the state at the weekend.

With months’ worth of rain predicted to fall across just a couple of days, people were told to be safe and sensible during the weather event.

And across the Goulburn Valley it was a wet weekend and the clean-up across hard-hit areas, especially Euroa, will be ongoing.

But in the state’s capital the weather was wet, but far from the extreme weather residents were warned about.

As part of the early warning system, about 7.4million text messages were sent out across the state to make sure everyone had the chance to be prepared.

Fortunately for Melburnians, the capital missed the brunt of the storm, which sparked complaints the bureau had overhyped the early warnings.

Events had been cancelled and plans had been changed, which would have inconvenienced many people when the big rains did not hit the state’s capital.

But weather cannot be predicted with 100 per cent accuracy and it is unfair to take out our anger on the bureau for warning about what could happen.

And for anyone in Melbourne who believed the storm was overhyped, they should come up to Euroa and realise how lucky they are they missed the worst of it.

The clean-up will continue in the towns hard hit by the weekend’s wet weather and a visit from Premier Daniel Andrews to Euroa helped reinforce to Melburnians the state does not begin and end at the Melbourne city limits.

The Bureau of Meteorology has been an invaluable resource for regional Australia for many years as we deal with the extremes of drought, floods and other natural disasters.

Getting the predictions completely correct is something that is impossible for any forecaster.

But when the downside of being caught unprepared for extreme weather is massive damage and the potential loss of human life, being overprepared is not a bad thing.

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