Even if the sky temporarily cleared Victoriaflood warnings remain active across the state.
Of particular note is the reminder not to drive in flood waters and to take extra care when on the road after the situation calms down.
Tim VibushSES chief of operations gives ABC News an update on the flood situation in Victoria and warns people to heed flood warnings.
One of the problems is that we have a so-called blue sky flood. Maybe the rain has stopped and we can see the odd downpour, but it’s more obvious to people when it rains heavily. Therefore, we advise people to heed the warnings. Please act according to the warning.
Wisbuch said more than 450 people had been rescued in Victoria, 88 in the last hour alone. He asked people not to drive into flood waters.
The biggest loss of life in floods in Australia is people trying to drive through the flood waters.
It simply brings together our emergency services who could be supporting the more vulnerable communities under pressure from these floods. So again, expand, find an alternate way to get there. Or, if you don’t need to travel to these northern parts of Victoria, don’t travel at all.
The Avoca River is currently at 7.7 meters and is expected to peak at 7.9 meters today.
Small communities around the Loden River are warning to prepare for approaching flood waters.
Floodwaters are approaching Echuca and are expected to reach a second “mid to late” peak next week.
“Thousands” of properties were flooded in Shepparton and Mooroopna.
There is flooding “in the vicinity” of Kayala and Murchison “on the way up the Goulburn River”, where emergency warnings are in place and where authorities expect records to be broken.
And welcome to another Sunday morning Guardian live blog.
The flooding crisis has intensified in northern Victoria, with residents told to move to higher ground. Emergency services repeatedly warned residents of Echuca and the village of Echuca to leave immediately on Sunday morning, following similar pleas on Saturday, AAP reported.
Meanwhile, the federal government is expected to allocate $9.6 billion in the upcoming budget for new road and rail projects across the country. Prime Minister Anthony Albanian said infrastructure spending would create “jobs, create opportunities and unlock economic growth and productivity for our cities and regions”.
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With that, let’s begin…