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More than 150 homes at risk in ‘once in a decade’ coastal flooding

Port Fairy recorded 66mm across two days, with no rain falling in the town from 9am on Friday.

The water level at Port Fairy’s Moyne River hit 4.43 metres at 6pm but was steady, with flooding around Murray Brook, Reedy Creek and Belfast Lough on Friday night.

The State Emergency Services (SES) advised that residents of Port Fairy and Warrnambool should have enough food, water and medication for three to five days in case they became trapped by flood water.

“Based on historic data, this flood is likely to have greater impacts than the August 2010 flood event, which resulted in more than 167 properties impacted by flooding,” the SES said.

“High water levels along the Moyne River in Port Fairy may last for more than one day.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has 11 current flooding watch warnings across Victoria.

There was a moderate flood warning released for the King River near Wangaratta, 236 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.

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With some areas near the river being affected by fire at the start of 2020, emergency services warned that some waterways may contain ash, trees and rocks, with the increased potential for landslides.

Minor flooding was reported around the Glenelg River at Casterton, in Victoria’s far west.

Earlier this week, an SES spokesman warned of the dangers of people entering or driving through flood waters, as the number one cause of historical flood fatalities is from people trapped or swept way in their vehicles.

“It can take just 15cm of water to float a small car. That’s the height of an average pen. If you ever come across water over the road, turn around and seek an alternative route,” the spokesman said.

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