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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Surge heads for Wangaratta

Myrtleford’s Twin Valley Cafe owner Carmel Kimball and her daughter Stephanie.Major flooding will occur along the Lower Ovens River near Wangaratta overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
Nanjing Night Net

The SES said it expected the torrential river to peak between 12.7 to 12.8 metres.

In response, it senta special taskforce to Wangaratta to assist with its flooding problems on Wednesday.

A relief centre has been set up atWangaratta Performing Arts Centre at 33-37Ford Street.

Benalla-based SES management officer John Newlands said the Ovens had peaked in Myrtlefordand attention would shift downstream Wednesday evening.

“Our next focus will naturally be Whorouly, Markwood, [towns]tdown that way,” he said.”And then in Wangaratta…we’re understanding the peak could be from about 9pm onwards until daybreak.”

Mr Newlands said isolated rural properties outside of the levy bank system in the Lower Ovens area would be prioritised by emergency services.

The Country Fire Authority has warned sewerage may be impacted in several Myrtleford streets following widepsread flooding.

It listed Standish and Maude Streets and Lewis Avenue as impacted areas.

But the CFA said no threat to the community was present and drinking water was safe.

North East Water admitted it was experiencing difficulties with parts of the sewerage system due to floods.

If sewerage services are impacted, contact North East Wateron 1300 361 644.

Meanwhile,a man was lucky to escape injury after he drove hisute into floodwaters at Tarrawingee northwest ofMyrtleford.

Emergency service workers plucked him to safety with a rope and tractorabout noon.

Farmland along the Ovens was also inundated and the Bureau of Meteorology haspredicted warmer weather from Thursday onward which could adversely affect crops.

Residents in Myrtlefordwere ordered to evacuate afterrising floodwaters threatened homeson Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

SES crews worked through the night, door-knocking residentsinlow-lying areas who were told to leave their homes as the Ovens River swelled to 6.16metres noon Wednesday, threatening properties and caravan parks.

In Myrtleford, one family was provided with emergency accommodation and 15 people took shelter with family and friends on Tuesday night.

Benalla-based SES management officer John Newlandssaid one house was inundated while others had been cutoff by rising waters.

The floodwaters edged close to the rear of Myrtle Street’sTwin Valley Cafe on Wednesday afternoon but its owner, Carmel Kimball, was not concerned.

“We’re not worried at all,” she said.

“Last time we had the floods [in 2010] we weren’t affected at all, it stayed off.”

John Goodman, who has lived in Myrtleford for 38 years, said thisflood was nothing like whathe saw in 1993.

The SES gavehim sandbags to protect his hair salon on Monday afternoon before the waters rose.

John Goodman.

“This took a long time to come up,” he said.

“I was concerned, but I wasn’t really overly worried.”

But Mr Goodman empathised with residents downstream near Wangaratta, where he said the gushing surge of water would eventually end up.

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