THE Border had a wet and wild start to the week yesterday, with half of the monthly average rainfall bucketing down in one day.
And if you think that might be the end of it, think again — this is officially the start of the wettest time of the year.
About 41 millimetres of rain poured down between 9am Sunday and 4pm yesterday, more than half the August average of 79.5 millimetres.
Rainfall is expected again today and tomorrow, and the region’s rivers are all on minor flood alert.
Bureau of Meterology duty forecaster Geoff Feren said the region could expect as much as 20 millimetres over the next two days.
Things would dry up on Thursday and Friday, but the weekend would see “reasonably heavy” rainfalls yet again.
“It really is looking like a typical winter —the winters we used to have,” Mr Feren said.
He said it was also the beginning of the wettest time of year.
Minor flood warnings are in place for the Ovens, King and Kiewa rivers and the Tallangatta Creek.
“We don’t need much rain to put them (the rivers) back to a flood warning,” Mr Feren said.
An SES spokesman for the North East said there had been 10 call-outs in the past 24 hours, mostly for trees down but none for damage to homes.
- Strong winds caused Wymah’s old ferry to break free from its mooring yesterday afternoon with a rescue mission needed to ensure it did not capsize.
The decommissioned ferry was anchored to the southern shore of the Murray River near the new ferry’s route when it became loose.
A single-engine boat was used to tow the ferry to a more sheltered mooring on the northern shore of the river.