We have been watching the river level here near Shepparton Victoria for several days. Last night we reached minor flood level around Shepparton and Mooroopna and Katangamite a little to the north will soon be isolated by floos waters and the bridge over the Goulburn River at Mooroopna that we would usually take to Kialla is closed although we can get though to Kialla by driving though Shapparton.
We stayed off the roads on the rainy days and ventured out yesterday to shop up when the rain had stopped. The paddocks and pathways around us had rapidly swirling water over them.
Kialla is a lower lying area and the river cannot this as high without flooding over and they are now at moderate flood levels.
The high rainfall is forecast to continue throughout today and into tomorrow, with up to 100 millimetres predicted in some already flooded areas.
State duty officer Darren Morgan says it is important that people in high risk areas are adequately prepared.
"Certainly if they're in a low-lying area they should consider raising any furniture or livestock, machinery to higher ground and be well prepared and plan ahead for this rain event," he said.
Authorities say the main towns of concern are Albury-Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Myrtleford, Bright and Yarrawonga.
Residents are being urged to stay clear of floodwaters and not to drive through them.
Mr Morgan says the very high rainfall is expected to continue right through the weekend.
"It'll start with scattered showers in the morning and that will develop into a rainband which will gradually intensify so we believe," he said.
"Falls of 50 millimetres are certainly not out of the question and certainly greater falls, up to 100 millimetres are certainly not out of the equation either."
A relief centre has been set up in northern Victoria.
The SES says Katamatite, north of Shepparton, will soon be isolated and the centre has opened in Cobram for residents who choose to evacuate.
Co-owner of the Homestead Hotel in Katamatite, Barbara Charters, says parts of the town look like a lake.
"There's a number of people they had to go because their houses had gone under really. Other people that felt that they were able to cope have stayed, quite a number of people have stayed," she said.
The SES's Lachlan Quick says several properties will be cut off for days.
More rain is expected
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