Victoria floods LIVE updates: Echuca, Kerang on high alert as SES issues evacuation orders across state; BOM warns of more rain

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Emergency warnings across Victoria

Fifty-one warnings and 18 incidents are active across Victoria as of 6.30am on Wednesday.

Three emergency warnings calling for residents to evacuate immediately are in place for:

  • Echuca and Echuca Village – in Victoria’s north
  • Barmah and Lower Moria – north-east of Echuca on the Murray River
  • Bunbartha, Kaarimba, Mundoona and Zeerust – north of Shepparton on the Goulburn River

Four emergency warnings telling people to move to higher ground are active for:

  • Kerang to the Loddon Weir – in Victoria’s north-west on the Loddon River
  • Rochester – in Victoria’s north between Echuca and Bendigo on the Campaspe River
  • The Campaspe River downstream of Rochester (east) – a rural area in between Echuca and the small flood-prone town
  • The Campaspe River downstream of Rochester – a rural area in between Echuca and the small flood-prone town

Four additional emergency warnings telling residents it is too late to leave have been issued for:

  • Shepparton – in Victoria’s north on the Goulburn River
  • Kialla West – on Shepparton’s southern fringe
  • Mooroopna – on the eastern side of Shepparton
  • Orrval – on Shepparton’s south-eastern fringe
  • Murchison, Murchison East – about 30km south of Shepparton on the Goulburn River

A range of watch and act alerts remain across the state, including in Charlton on the Avoca River in north-west Victoria, Horsham on the Wimmera River in Victoria’s west and in Seymour upstream on the Goulburn River in Victoria’s central-north.

Before-and-after aerial images reveal early impact of Victorian floods

The areas around Shepparton, Rochester and Maribyrnong have been the focus of much of the devastation caused by widespread flooding in Victoria over the past few days.

Echuca, Murchison, Carisbrook, Kerang, Horsham, Newbridge and other towns have also been impacted or are expected to be.

Using Nearmap’s aerial camera system attached to planes, as well as satellite imagery, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald can provide a bird’s-eye view of the spread of the inundation by comparing the regions before and after the floods.

The images show how the weather event caused the Goulburn, Murray, Maribyrnong, Campaspe and Avoca rivers to burst their banks. In Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, murky floodwater can be seen draining into the ocean from the Yarra River.

See all the images and read more here.

Emergency warnings across Victoria

Fifty-one warnings and 18 incidents are active across Victoria as of 6.30am on Wednesday.

Three emergency warnings calling for residents to evacuate immediately are in place for:

  • Echuca and Echuca Village – in Victoria’s north
  • Barmah and Lower Moria – north-east of Echuca on the Murray River
  • Bunbartha, Kaarimba, Mundoona and Zeerust – north of Shepparton on the Goulburn River

Four emergency warnings telling people to move to higher ground are active for:

  • Kerang to the Loddon Weir – in Victoria’s north-west on the Loddon River
  • Rochester – in Victoria’s north between Echuca and Bendigo on the Campaspe River
  • The Campaspe River downstream of Rochester (east) – a rural area in between Echuca and the small flood-prone town
  • The Campaspe River downstream of Rochester – a rural area in between Echuca and the small flood-prone town

Four additional emergency warnings telling residents it is too late to leave have been issued for:

  • Shepparton – in Victoria’s north on the Goulburn River
  • Kialla West – on Shepparton’s southern fringe
  • Mooroopna – on the eastern side of Shepparton
  • Orrval – on Shepparton’s south-eastern fringe
  • Murchison, Murchison East – about 30km south of Shepparton on the Goulburn River

A range of watch and act alerts remain across the state, including in Charlton on the Avoca River in north-west Victoria, Horsham on the Wimmera River in Victoria’s west and in Seymour upstream on the Goulburn River in Victoria’s central-north.

Good morning

Good morning.

I’m Lachlan Abbott and I’ll be helming our coverage of the Victorian floods today.

Please stay safe and follow our coverage throughout the day to keep informed as rivers rise in the north of the state.

Echuca is expected to be the centre of attention today as the town – which is located at the intersection of the Murray and Campaspe Rivers – prepares for rising waters. Kerang in Victoria’s north-west on the swollen Loddon River is also preparing for the river to continue rising, potentially isolating the town for more than a week.

To begin our day, here are some of the headlines:

  • Echuca is now divided by a newly constructed great earthen levee wall which runs down 2½ kilometres of its suburban streets, separating parts of the city’s east from the rest of the regional centre. But some homes are caught on the wrong side of the wall.
  • A senior SES volunteer says residents near the Maribyrnong River were not given accurate information about the scale of the unfolding flooding disaster.
  • Bega Cheese is working to salvage 2 million litres of milk after rising floodwaters in central Victoria cut off power to its Tatura facility in the Goulburn Valley region.

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