Wet and wild Impacts of deluge were felt across the region

December 05, 2017

John and Irena Crilly snapped this photo of an overflowing Lake Bartlett during the wet weekend in Tatura.

Stanhope Bowls Club greens went under water on the weekend.

Cropping Farmers across the Goulburn Valley have to wait weeks before assessing the damage to their crops.

Tatura was hit by 81.2mm of rain at the weekend, more than double the December average.

However, it was far from the worst hit in the area as Murchison had to contend with 152mm of rain while Stanhope received 168mm.

Tatura State Emergency Service had 12 volunteers in the field who attended a large number of requests for assistance for trees down or leaking roofs on Friday and Saturday.

Tatura SES unit controller Stephen Tuck said a crew was in the field all Friday night and didn’t knock off until 7am.

‘‘In Tatura, there was a lot of water over the roads, such as Galloway St, and it was great to see how active the community was for the weather event by collecting sandbags from the SES shed in town before the rain fell,’’ he said.

‘‘There were plenty of calls for assistance for the SES but Tatura was fortunate in that a range of potential impacts of the storm did not eventuate.

‘‘It’s pleasing to see so many SES members willing to turn out including at night and in the rain.’’

Mr Tuck highlighted the great work of Tatura SES duty officers Cheyenne Keem and Justin Maskell, who were working in 12-hour shifts, triaging requests for help and managing resources.

The sandbags being handed to residents in Tatura were filled by inmates at the Dhurringile Prison and transported to Tatura SES shed so people could prepare for worst-case scenarios.

Mr Tuck said residents should remain cautious because some areas still had water over roads and he reminded people to not drive through floodwater and to be aware that pools of water would become breeding grounds for mosquitoes in coming days.

Sport and events were cancelled because of the rain but the biggest impact was felt by cropping farmers in the middle of their harvest.

Murchison farmer Pat Deane said if more rain fell in coming days he may have to wait until Christmas before he can get machinery back on the paddock.

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