Wimmera escapes extreme weather | Photos

DECENT DROP: Dooen's Ashlee Healey tips water out of her rain gauge on Friday. The area received about 20mm overnight Thursday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
DECENT DROP: Dooen's Ashlee Healey tips water out of her rain gauge on Friday. The area received about 20mm overnight Thursday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WIMMERA residents have breathed a sigh of relief as the region largely escaped unscathed from extreme wet weather forecasts.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicted last week that parts of the region could receive between 100 and 200 millimetres of rain between Thursday night and Saturday.

However, after about 25 millimetres was recorded overnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday were relatively dry.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Steve McGibbony said the region had already received the worst of the wet weather by noon on Friday.

On Friday morning, the wettest areas had been Dimboola with 41mm, Apsley with 42mm and Navarre with 44mm. Horsham received 26mm of rain.

Mr McGibbony said the wet weather system had moved to the east of the state by noon on Friday.

He said another low pressure system developed over northern Victoria on Saturday, but rain would mostly affect the Mallee, along with central Victoria.

Bureau junior forecaster Michael Halfpenny said while eastern parts of the state were hit hard on Friday and Saturday, the Wimmera received little rain for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday, Horsham received less than 1mm, Nhill received 1.4mm and Warracknabeal and Edenhope received 3mm.

“Not far east of the Wimmera was hit with extreme weather at the weekend, but the western parts of the state didn’t get much rain,” Mr Halfpenny said.

He said a few showers could be on the way this week, but the extreme weather risk had passed.

“Most days there will be very light rain activity – we’re talking probably a millimetre or less,” he said.

“On Thursday there could be a few millimetres in most areas as another front comes through, but the maximum is about 5mm.”

Despite the lighter rain, Horsham Rural City Council and the region’s emergency services were on high alert as flood warnings remained in place for the region at the weekend.

Council started lowering Horsham’s weir pool on Thursday and organised sandbags at Natimuk in readiness for a possible flood.

State Emergency Services mid-west operations manager Kendra Clegg said emergency services remained on flood watch across the weekend and were ready to act. 

She praised the efforts of council, emergency services and GWMWater for their preparedness for the weekend. 

"GWMWater released water from the Wartook Reservoir, which was at full capacity," she said.