Buckets of rain hit region

ALBURY has experienced its wettest March day, with the previous record dating back to 1901 broken.

Retired CSIRO weather forecaster Peter Nelson, of Wangaratta, said the previous soggiest March day came in 1901 when 69.9mm fell.

In the 24 hours to 9am, Albury was washed over by 104mm and in the following six hours another 36mm has tumbled down.

The March average for Albury is 38mm.

Other totals for the 24 hours to 9am from across the region included 74mm at Beechworth, 88mm at Benalla, 80mm at Rutherglen, 78.6mm at Wangaratta, 78mm at Corowa and 85mm at Tocumwal.

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The northbound lanes of the Hume Freeway north of Wangaratta have been closed.

Police were directing traffic in the area earlier today after floodwaters were rising to the top of tyres.

But the lanes have now been closed.

The Benalla Regional control centre made the following announcement this afternoon:

The northbound lanes of the Hume Freeway at Bowser will be closed to two-wheel drive traffic for approximately two hours. A diversion will be set up using the southbound lanes in a contra flow configuration.

People in two wheel drive vehicles wishing to travel north of Wangaratta are to remain in Wangaratta until after 4.30pm. Alternative or side roads are not to be used, they are closed due to flooding.

The wet weather has prompted a warning from the SES for motorists to drive safely with many roads left slippery because of the rain.

VicRoads have closed several roads around the North East because of flooding.

They include the Great Alpine Road near Wangaratta and the Benalla-Tocumwal Road between the Midland Highway and Devenish.

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