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Heavy rain misses Echuca rain gauges

Localised storms on Tuesday caused some roads to flood in Echuca-Moama but completely missed other areas.

RENEE THOMPSON March 7, 2014 4:02am

Heavy rain fell in Echuca on Tuesday.


Heavy rainfall in Echuca-Moama on Tuesday afternoon only made a dint in official readings.

Echuca officially received 7mm of rain in the 24 hours up until 3pm on Wednesday according to Bureau of Meteorology figures, despite heavy rainfall which flooded some streets.

BOM duty forecaster Richard Carylon said localised storm activity caused varying amounts of rain to fall in the area, with nearby Kyabram recording 27mm.

‘‘Tuesday’s rainfall was fairly localised, with falls of about 10-30mm recorded in different parts of the state,’’ he said.

A post on the Riverine Herald’s Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon about heavy rain causing roads to flood in Echuca-Moama highlighted how much rainfall varied across the district.

People in Echuca West, Kyabram, Nanneella, Elmore, Torrumbarry and Mathoura indicated they had little to no rainfall, while others reported up to 40mm in backyard gauges.

Moama resident Laura Buckley said her farm copped a barrage of rain and wind on Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to windows, sheds and fences.

‘‘We really thought it was like a mini-cyclone,’’ she said.

‘‘We ran inside it was that bad. We had stuff thrown all around the paddock, yard.

‘‘Within five minutes we had an inch of water across our property.’’

Mr Carylon said the bureau was aware there might be discrepancies between official and unofficial rain reports, especially with localised storms.

‘‘We know you can get large falls between gauges,’’ he said.

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