6 Feb 2011

Weather clears in flooded Victoria

3:41 pm on 6 February 2011

The threat of serious flooding across Victoria appears to be easing after three days of heavy rain.

Clear skies are forecast for the next five days, paving the way for the flood clean-up to begin reports the ABC.

Weather bureau hydrologist, Chris Leahy, says there is quite a bit of minor flooding but nowhere near the levels of the January floods.

"It's pretty extensive without being really serious," he said.

However, the number of calls for help continues to grow with the State Emergency Service receiving 6000 calls for assistance between Friday night and Sunday morning.

About 80 homes were evacuated at Irymple, near Mildura on Sunday morning because of rising stormwater following the failure of stormwater pumps.

And at Skipton, south-west of Ballarat, residents are resigned to being flooded again.

The Mount Emu creek is about to peak and it is thought it will flood more than a dozen homes and businesses.

Rochester, in north-central Victoria, is on standby after a major flood warning was issued for the Campaspe River.

But the threat does not appear to be as serious as it was in January.

At Koo Wee Rup, south-east of Melbourne, about 6000 residents were told to evacuate because of the threat posed by the rising Bunyip River.

There was some flooding of roads and properties, but no homes were flooded.

At Emerald, east of Melbourne, authorities are keeping a close eye on a private dam that may overflow. But there is no immediate threat.

Melbourne flash flooding

A number of storms hit Melbourne's south-east, the downpour overloaded drains causing the floodwaters to sweep up streets and into homes.

Emergency services had to rescue dozens of motorists who attempted to drive through the flood waters.

Mildura clean up begins

A massive mop-up is underway at Mildura in Victoria's north-west, with homes awash, crops inundated and sewage posing a health risk.

The city is counting the cost of an estimated year's rain in a day.

Many roads in and around Mildura remain impassable.

By Sunday, some 200 homes had been flooded, but the number was growing as word got around.

Mildura Rural City mayor John Arnold says drinking water was safe although he stressed that locals should avoid swimming in contaminated waterways.