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Flood Damages

Flood Damages

Flood Damages

Floodwater in the North East including the Hume Freeway and other district roads, should recede.

While Wangaratta has only experienced just under 22 mils of rain since 9am Thursday December 13, Albury Airport escaped with just under 22 mls, Wodonga received 48mls, but Everton received 165mls and Eldorado 110mls.

Heavy rain flooded Beechworth where the Bakery suffered a collapsed roof under the heavy volume of water that fell, Wangaratta where people were rescued from their cars and houses sandbagged, and bridges were washed away at Tarrawingee and Everton Upper.

The Hume Freeway was closed at various points between Byawatha and Benalla, with detours via Yarrawonga and Shepparton and is closed today in both directions from Benalla to Barnawartha.

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Cars and trucks that pulled over because of the rain, were swamped, with many occupants having to be rescued by the SES – some people had to be winched out by helicopter.

Wangaratta CEO Brendan McGrath has said the damage bill will not be known for days with two bridges washed away and a dozen roads closed.

A relief centre has been set up by council at HP Barr Reserve to assist with anyone who needs help due to the floods.

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