Residents in Australian towns have paced up their efforts to build levees and sandbag homes as the continent continues to witness heavy rainfall. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that the forecast rainfall across Victoria state is unlikely to trigger more major flooding, although parts of Australia’s east could receive up to 100 mm (4 inches) of rain over the next five days, roughly a tenth of a year’s total for some areas.
Reuters reported that a dirt levee has been built in Echuca, about 250 km (155.3 miles) north of Melbourne, amid warnings the Murray, Australia’s largest river, could breach a near 30-year high later this week.
In the nearby town of Moama, across the state border in southern NSW, defence force personnel teamed up with residents to sand-bag homes, it stated.
The weather forecasting agency claimed that significant rain and thunderstorms are forecast for central and eastern Australia this week.
The BoM stated: “The impact will cause renewed or prolonged river rises and flooding across flood-affected areas.
“On Tuesday, rain and thunderstorms will impact South Australia, the Northern Territory, and inland Queensland.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely, with heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail possible.”
Rain and thunderstorms will spread across Queensland, large areas of inland New South Wales and eastern South Australia on Wednesday.
Severe thunderstorms are also likely.
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On Thursday, rain and widespread thunderstorms will move towards eastern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and far eastern parts of South Australia.
Severe thunderstorms are likely, especially across eastern Queensland, New South Wales, and northern Victoria.
Widespread rainfall totals of 25 to 50 mm are likely across South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria this week, with 50 to 100 mm in southern inland Queensland on and west of the ranges in New South Wales and northern Victoria.
A Severe weather warning is current for heavy rain and damaging winds in South Australia.
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The BoM stated: “Flood Watches are current for South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, as forecast rainfall may lead to flash and riverine flooding and renewed river level rises in these areas.
“This rain system comes as major flooding continues across inland New South Wales and northern Victoria.”