Deluge leaves Walla wading

A 20-minute downpour that saw 35 millimetres of rain fall in and around Walla on Wednesday left parts of the town under water yesterday.

Retired Walla farmer Ray Voss was cleaning the gutters of his home, between Walla and Walbundrie, at noon on Wednesday when he copped the brunt of the downpour.

“It was like someone having a go at you with a firefighting hose,” Mr Voss said.

“It just fell out of the sky.

“Our eight-hectare swamp was dead dry and now it has 18 inches of water.

“Since Tuesday night I’ve had 160 millimetres.”

Much of Mr Voss’ 440- hectare farm was still under water yesterday afternoon.

Gutters on either side of Walla’s main street were submerged yesterday after more rain on Wednesday night and yesterday morning.

Walla resident Jeff Grosse emptied 150 millimetres from his rain gauge at his business in Commercial Street and had water reach three- quarters up his verandah floor.

The wild weather forced Greater Hume Shire to issue a warning to residents about the state of several dirt and bitumen roads.

Shire director of engineering Greg Blackie said some roads had been submerged with some shoulders washed away but he expected them to dry by today.

Other than some isolated storms in the Alpine areas today, the weather is expected to revert to warm and dry until Monday afternoon, when late storms are predicted.

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