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Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is urging Victorians to remain vigilant as the Bureau of Meteorology warns of more heavy rain over coming days.

Steven McGibbony, Acting Severe Weather Manager, Bureau of Meteorology said a low pressure system was developing across western Victoria and was likely to produce more rain across already saturated catchments.

“The Casterton area could receive another 5 to 20mm from midnight (tonight), so there is potential for renewed flooding.

"There are also likely to be heavy falls around North Western Victoria, particularly around Bendigo, Swan Hill and Horsham which could receive 20 to 50 mm of rain overnight and into tomorrow. It also looks like Melbourne will get more rain, with 10 to 20 mm possible overnight and into tomorrow. We are constantly monitoring the situation and urge people to keep up to date with weather warnings,” he said.
VICSES Chief Officer Operations Trevor White said it was important for Victorian’s to remain vigilant especially as the grounds are already saturated on the back of last week’s rain and are more susceptible to flooding.

“We remind people to never drive through floodwater – it only takes about 15 centimetres of water to lose control of your vehicle.

“It’s important that people on the roads drive to conditions and be aware of road hazards such as mud, debris, damaged roads and bridges. Also never swim, walk or play in floodwater, it’s dangerous and toxic.

“If your property is at risk of flooding, raise belongings onto tables, benches or beds and if you’re on a farm move your livestock to higher ground.
“Tune into emergency broadcasters so you’re up-to-date with the latest conditions and if possible, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation,” he said.

If you require assistance during a flood or storm call SES on 132 500. If you know your neighbours are vulnerable, check on them if it is safe to do so. If your emergency is life threatening call Triple Zero (000).

For tips on how to prepare for floods and storms, go to the VICSES website ses.vic.gov.au. For emergency information and warnings go to the VicEmergency website emergency.vic.gov.au or visit the BOM website www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/