Week of wild weather

A WEEK of high and damaging winds has kept Victoria’s State Emergency Service busy, particularly in Melbournes’ eastern suburbs.

On Sunday Sale’s SES was quick to respond to a call to deal with trees across Somerton Park Rd as many members were attending a unit fundraising barbecue at Bunnings hardware store.

The weather over the weekend also led to the renewal of minor flood warning for the Macalister Catchment upstream of Lake Glenmaggie.

The Macalister River at Licola was peaking around the minor flood level (2.7 metres) on Sunday night and the river was expected to remain around the minor flood level during Monday morning.

Below Lake Glenmaggie Southern Rural Water advised that releases from Lake Glenmaggie were being maintained below the minor flood flow (7,500 ML/day) as SRW used its capacity in the lake to mitigate against any dangerous flooding.

The SES advised potential local impact of flooding in the area if it occurred may include:

River levels may reach the tops of banks or flow over into low lying areas, local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater, caravan parks and camping areas may be flooded, requiring relocation to higher ground.

Emergency contacts:

For flood or storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies phone 000.

Road closures: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au phone 131 170.

Weather warnings and river heights: www.bom.gov.au phone 1300 659 217.

SES information: phone 1300 842 737.