In total there are just over 60 flood warnings in place across Victoria, stretching just north of Melbourne to the NSW border – and the water keeps on surging.
Residents in Bunbartha and Charlton are urged to evacuate, while those in Orrvale, Murchison, Kialla West and Mooroopna are advised “it’s too late to leave” and to “shelter in the highest location possible”.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the peak will hit “later this morning.”
“Our focus is on ongoing rescues in the Shepparton, Mooroopna area,” he said.
“With Echuca we had the first peak, slightly receding at the moment but we know when the water from the Goulburn hits the Murray, we will have a second peak Wednesday or Tuesday in Echuca, so very focused on that.
“And looking at the communities north of Charlton where we have an evacuation order in place.”
Floods are also threatening central western NSW, with 75 SES warnings in place across the state.
“The focus over the next 24 hours will be the mid Murray and Edward Rivers,” it said in a statement.
“Flood levels have already exceeded the 2016 levels and are looking to exceed the 1993 flood levels at Ecucha and Moama. Other locations significantly affected include Forbes, Narrandera, Wee Waa, Warren, Nanami, Jemalong and Barham.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced one-off flood payments for flood victims across Tasmania and Victoria.
The affected can access payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child.
“”This support is of course small compensation but it does mean people are getting that support on the ground and we will make that available,” he said.
“And that information will be available from [Sunday] afternoon to ensure the money can flow immediately.”
The payments come in addition to disaster recovery allowances already available in the states.