Communities in regional Victoria remain under threat from floodwaters with more homes expected to be inundated.
The state was poised to remain mostly dry on Wednesday however the flooding emergency was expected to shift towards Mooroopna and Shepparton, before heading to Echuca.
A watch and act alert remains in place for the Goulburn River, extending from Mooroopna and Shepparton, to south of Lake Eildon.
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Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer Tim Wiebusch earlier warned communities along the Goulburn River to expect possible road closures and overland flooding.
The river at the rural village of Murchison was slated to reach a moderate-level peak of 10.5m late on Wednesday morning, while Shepparton was expected to exceed the minor flood level on Wednesday afternoon.
Communities along the Goulburn River have been warned to expect possible overland flooding. Credit: AAP
Moderate flooding was possible at Shepparton from Thursday morning.
From Kialla to Shepparton, up to 20 properties might be inundated with above-floor flooding, and a further 150 properties could have their land or surrounding streets flooded, Wiebusch said.
“Now is the time to prepare,” he said on Tuesday afternoon.
“Make sure you have up to three days’ supplies so that you can, if you do become isolated, work through that period.”
The Goulburn River at Seymour — which peaked at 6.8m on Monday afternoon — was expected to rise again to 6.2m on Tuesday.
A watch and act remains in place on Wednesday morning for the Campaspe River from Barnadown to Rochester, where the river peaked on Tuesday morning and authorities warned it was unsafe to return.
The river at Rochester could fall beneath the moderate flooding level overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, authorities said.
SES volunteers were on Tuesday taking stock of the damage in Rochester through impact assessments.
A moderate flood warning was also active as of Tuesday for the Bendigo and Bullock Creeks but floodwaters were expected to continue to move downstream through Wednesday and Thursday.
Minor flooding was expected at Echuca, along the Murray River, later in the week, Wiebusch warned.
Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Ferny Creek in Melbourne’s southeast was slated to remain closed for up to a week after a landslide.
The owner of an empty kayak seen floating down the Mitchell River near Dargo on Tuesday was later found safe and well in the area.