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Now let’s go to New South Wales where the residents live parts of the city of Mori in the hinterland were ordered to be evacuated. An evacuation center has been set up at Moree PCYC.

The New South Wales SES said heavy rain had fallen as a result of the storms QueenslandNew South Wales and Victoria have seen rising rivers along the Gwydir and Mekhi rivers in the past 24 hours, which could reach flood heights in March 2021.

Residents in northern Mora have been urged to evacuate due to rising waters in the Mekhi River, which is forecast to reach a severe flood stage of 9.3 meters this morning.

Flooding in the upper reaches of the River Gwydir, which has reached significant flood levels at Gravesend, is expected to combine with the Mechia to produce a second major flood peak early on Sunday morning.

what the second peak could reach levels similar to the March 2021 floodemergency services reported.

You can see all NSW flood warnings at SES website.

Did the wall that saved the Melbourne Cup racetrack contribute to the flood?

Let’s stop at the floods for a moment, reporter Nino Bucci studied the impact of the flood wall built around Flemington Racecourse, which protected the track when nearby houses were flooded by the Maribyrnong River.

He writes:

As people whose homes were swallowed up by the Maribyrnong River hauled their destroyed belongings outside until piles of debris towered overhead this week, tents were erected downstream at Flemington Racecourse.

The track, emerald polished to a spectacular green, was saved by a 2.5m flood wall just days before the start of Australia’s premier racing carnival.

But this wall, built by the Victorian Racing Club in 2007, also contributed to the flooding of 245 properties? Stopping the water from resting on part of the river’s natural floodplain, the wall did Worst flooding in Maribyrnong for nearly 50 years even more devastating?

You can read the whole thing here.

The River Murray at Echuca could reach 1993 flood levels today

Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service of Victoria, Tim Wiebush, warned that the peak of the flood could reach Echuca tomorrow or Sunday.

The Murray River at Echuca Wharf is currently just under 94.7 meters wide (this is the Australian height datum, so the height above sea level, not the depth of the river).

That’s about a centimeter below the height of the 1993 flood, which peaked at 94.77 meters above sea level. Local residents have spent the past week building dikes and adding sand to 1993 levels. Wiebush said the river was likely to reach and exceed that height this afternoon and continue to rise to 95 meters tomorrow or Monday.

Not long ago, Wiebush told ABC News Breakfast:

We have seen 195,000 sandbags installed in and around Echuca and we hope that this good work will protect a number of properties, in particular with the additional sea wall that has been installed in parts of Echuca.

But we’re continuing to make people aware that there’s an evacuation advisory in place in that area, and we’re asking people to move to that high ground, especially as we start to reach that peak in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Wiebusch said people began to heed those evacuation warnings, but many chose to stay put and prepare their homes. But he warned that heavy rain recorded in some areas overnight, which is expected to become more widespread over the next two days, could change the situation.

[In] the next 24-48 hours there — because as we saw in the south of the state overnight, we saw thunderstorms coming through, we’re starting to see that heavy rain. Some parts of the southern part of the state received between 30 and 60mm of rain, which will spread to wider parts of the state today and tomorrow.

Good morning

The Albanian government warned of a worsening economic outlook and lowered expectations for its first budget as cities in Victoria and New South Wales stay on flood watch.

First, the federal government confirmed it would not extend the tax credit to low and middle income earners in Tuesday’s Budget as new Treasury forecasts predict inflation will peak at just under 8% in the December quarter – and last longer than previously forecast .

Treasurer Jim Chalmers broke the bad news to the media overnight. You can read all the details from political editor Kathryn Murphy here. She also took a close look at Chalmers before he published his first budget. You can read this profile here.

Victorian town Echuca, which is on the Murray River, is still waiting for the river to reach its forecast peak. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for early Saturday morning the Murray River at Echuca Harbor today could reach levels similar to the devastating 1993 flood, 94.77 meters above sea level, with a peak of 95 meters – above the height of the impromptu tolls – possibly tomorrow or Monday.

The Murray River was at 94.64 meters above sea level at Echuca Marina at 3am. Our correspondent Kate Kelly located in a border town. She will tell us how things are going.

There are six emergency flood warnings in place in Victoria, mainly for communities along the Murray and Loddon rivers. There are statewide emergency warnings in NSW, including emergency warnings for Moama – Echuca’s sister city – as well as Moray in northern NSW and Narrandera in the Riverine.

Also, the Cox Plate runs today at Moonee Valley Racecourse, north of Flemington.

Let’s hack it. If we miss something, you can let me know on Twitter @callapilla or by email, calla.wahlquist@theguardian.com

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/oct/22/australia-new-live-floods-murray-river-echuca-victoria-moama-nsw-weather-budget-jim-chalmers-economy

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