Storms cause havoc

Trees fall and rivers rise as 50mm falls in less than a day

FLOOD WATCH: The flooded Happy Valley Creek cut off Standish Street from about 10pm Friday until Sunday.

WILD weather has caused havoc across the region – trees crashing across roads and floodwaters cutting others after more than 50mm fell in less than 24 hours on Friday.

The mountains copped the brunt of the deluge, more than 50mm recorded at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, the combined snow melt forcing flood watches on the Ovens and Kiewa rivers.

Falls Creek recorded a wind gust of 113kmh on Friday afternoon.

By late Friday night the Standish Street crossing of the Happy Valley Creek was under water and remained that way until Monday morning.

The deluge delivered almost 40mm to Myrtleford in less than 24 hours, the saturated ground simply unable to absorb any more water, paddocks turning into waterways, run-off filling already swollen creeks and streams.

The TAFCO weather station at Porepunkah recorded 48mm for the 24 hours to Saturday morning, while the station at Coral Bank in the Kiewa Valley finished with 45mm.

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