Relief as Maryborough region is spared from major rainfall event

Despite up to 200 millimetres of rain, flash flooding and a weather event, with a severity rating of 10/10 being predicted for much of the state over the weekend, just 16 millimetres of rain was dumped on the Maryborough region on Friday, much less than the 150 mm originally forecast.

While the weekend’s weather may not have lived up to the Bureau of Meteorology’s previous predictions of 50 mm an hour rain rates, according to the BoM 16.8 mm was recorded in Maryborough on Friday, followed by 13.4 mm on Saturday and 3.8 on Sunday, bringing the local three day total to 34 mm, just short of December ’s average monthly rainfall of 37.2 mm, five days into the month.

Despite the local region being spared from the forecast super storm, the state’s north east was the hardest hit, with the weather bureau reporting record daily falls fell in Echuca with more than 120 mm of rain recorded. Up to 146 mm fell in Euroa and more than 160 mm in Strathbogie, causing flooding in a number of areas.

The BoM’s three day totals to 9 am Sunday reported 45 millimetres was recorded in Ballarat, 26 mm in Bendigo and over 66 mm in Melbourne.

The Avoca, Loddon and Campaspe catchments received 30-40 centimetres of rain over the weekend, however no flooding events took place, despite a warning being issued on Friday.

“We would like to thank the community for their vigilance in preparing for this forecasted weather event and for their actions to stay safe during this period,” SES Bendigo incident controller Paul Bates said.

With a state-wide severe weather warning issued on Friday, home owners were busy preparing for the predicted heavy rain, with Ambulance Victoria paramedics attending to 12 people, including two Clunes residents, in less than 12 hours after they fell from ladders on Friday.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 5

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