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Wet weekend for Melbourne

Published 03/06/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 525 requests for assistance over the weekend after heavy rain and thunderstorms swept in on Friday night.

A majority of calls (465) came from metropolitan Melbourne, with SES volunteers responding to mostly minor property flooding and building damage  such as leaking roofs. The busiest areas were Northcote, Broadmeadows, Nunawading, Eltham, Craigieburn and Whittlesea.

Victoria SES and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) also responded to five rescues involving vehicles stranded in flash flood waters. No significant injuries were reported.

These incidents are a timely reminder to all Victorians to prepare their property for the threat of storms. Most preparation, such as cleaning gutters, is cheap and easy and can make the difference between whether your house suffers damage or not.

Thunderstorms dumped 60-110mm of rain on northern and inner eastern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne between 9.22pm Friday and 9am Saturday, with 20-50mm falling in other metropolitan areas.

Flooding occurred on the Plenty river, Merri Creek and Yarra rivers, impacting low lying areas such as walking tracks, bike paths and boardwalks. No residential properties were inundated, although flash flooding impacted a small number of businesses in Broadmeadows and Scoresby and partially closed some roads, including the Burwood Highway at Dandenong Creek.

A frontend loader became wedged underneath the Newland Bridge on the Merri Creek.

While areas of North East Victoria received up to 100mm of rain over the weekend, there were few calls for SES assistance.