Victorian flood threat eases, damage to agriculture as crops lost

Fortunately the flood threat for Victoria has eased (via SBS):

Almost 200 properties in Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes district remain at risk of isolation, with floodwaters set to rise again on Thursday night.

The major threat from flooding in Victoria’s east has eased but hundreds of properties and one of the state’s main power stations remain affected.

About 90 properties are at risk of flooding or isolation in Paynesville, where the army is focusing its sandbagging efforts.

Also at risk are 36 properties at Metung, 30 at Raymond Island and 17 at Eagle Point, the State Emergency Service (SES) said on Thursday.

Residents have been warned to prepare for possible evacuation of those towns, as well as Loch Sport.

Lakes Entrance, where dozens of properties were not harmed during Wednesday night’s one-metre-high peak, remains on alert with another high tide expected about midnight Thursday.

Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan said flooding hadn’t reached the devastating levels that were feared.

But sadly some growers have lost their crops:

SHOPPERS could be facing higher vegetable prices after crops headed for Victorian supermarkets were destroyed in this week’s floods.

Victorian Farmers Federation Horticulture Group president Susan Finger said potatoes and lettuce would be the hardest hit.

“Any major flooding at this time of year, it’s going to be much more difficult to get supplies and it’s going to cause a shortage,” Ms Finger said.

“If there is a shortage of supply you can expect the prices to go up.”

Ms Finger said Victorians were banking on other areas, like Werribee and Casey, having crops ready to go.

One thought on “Victorian flood threat eases, damage to agriculture as crops lost

  1. john byatt says:

    Victoria and Queensland governments in a race to the bottom

    THE Baillieu government will wind back rules making new property developments in seaside towns plan for sea-level rises caused by climate change, arguing they have hampered rural growth.
    Planning Minister Matthew Guy has also rejected recommendations of a major review that climate change should be specifically considered under state planning laws.
    Announcing the changes yesterday Mr Guy said the previous rules – which forced developers to factor in a sea-level rise of 80 centimetres by 2100 – had been too restrictive.
    ”Regional Victoria bore the brunt of much of the previous Labor government’s coastal planning paralysis with moratoriums and extreme controls which locked many towns out of being able to grow sensibly,” he said.
    The changes, to be brought in later this month, will now require 20 centimetres of sea-level rise by 2040 to be considered in new urban development in coastal towns such as Lakes Entrance, Port Lonsdale and Port Fairy.

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