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In recovery mode

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December 05, 2017

The town of Euroa from the air following the extensive flooding at the weekend.

Water flows across a path in Euroa on the weekend as the town recovers from flooding.

Euroa, Kialla West and other flood-ridden communities are in the recovery phase, following the fast-moving storm that dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain across the state.

Residents and councils are assessing the damage of the two days of wild weather and authorities say the worst is over.

While predicted rainfall had fallen short across some of the state, flash flooding and the rise of river systems have caused extensive damage to houses, crops and infrastructure.

State Emergency Service Victoria regional operations manager Brendan Corboy said Kialla West and Euroa would continue to be impacted, as the water moves through.

Dozens of roads in the region are closed due to static water and localised flooding, which could take days or even weeks to subside.

Mr Corboy said flooding of the riverine had begun to decrease and services expected to reopen Raftery Rd in Kialla tomorrow.

‘‘Around the entire region, you’re going to have that localised static water that has nowhere to go, and particularly on the flats, it just filters out really slowly,’’ Mr Corboy said.

‘‘We’ve unfortunately had incidents where people have been moving road closure signs, and we ask people to not put themselves in danger.

‘‘If you hit this water at speed and your vehicle goes off the road and into the water, if it tips upside down, you’re not going to get out.’’

While the floods have not been the worst the area has experienced, several houses across the Euroa area were inundated with water during the freak event.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said council workers were assessing the damage, but could not provide a dollar amount for the damage bill.

During a community recovery meeting in Euroa yesterday, a number of residents voiced their concern about town infrastructure that could have potentially alleviated the impacts of flooding.

Cr McClaren said the council was working to determine ways to improve town prospects in the event of another flood.

‘‘We’ve had quite a few reports come in with damage, and we’ve got people out around the shire assessing the damage to the roads, bridges and community infrastructure,’’ Cr McClaren said.

‘‘We’ve had a lot of water coming from both the Riverine, as well as over-land water coming in, so we’re doing all of that assessment to see what happened during that flood event.

‘‘There was water that ended up in areas that people weren’t expecting, but at this time we’re assessing all of that to find out what we can do for future flood events.’’

Those affected by the severe weather and suffering personal hardship should phone their relief centre of the VicEmergency hotline on 1800226226.

ROAD CLOSURES

As a result of the major flood event across the state, roads across the Greater Shepparton, Moira and Campaspe council areas are closed or signed due to the high levels of water.

Emergency services have advised drivers to remain wary and to not drive through floodwaters, or at high speeds.

The following roads remain closed:

●Graham Rd, Kyabram.

●Toolamba-Rushworth Rd, Tatura.

●Karramomus Rd, Arcadia.

●Mitchell Rd, Kialla.

●Union Rd, Arcadia.

●Raftery Rd, Kialla.

●Blatchs Rd, Peechelba.

●McGrath Rd, Stanhope.

●Johnson Rd, Stanhope.

●Middle Rd, Rushworth.

●McDonald Rd, Koyuga.

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