Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NATHALIA NERVOUSLY AWAITS FLOOD PEAK, AUSTRALIA

Nathalia residents are waiting anxiously to see if the emergency levee built to protect their homes holds, as they gather family treasures ready to be stowed on higher ground.

Broken Creek is flowing fast and expected to peak around midnight on Wednesday at 3.1 to 3.15 metres, which would be 60 millimetres above the 1993 flood level.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan is confident the emergency levee bank, erected this week to protect 170 homes, will do its job.

"We will save this town," he told reporters on Weir Street in the centre of town.

"This barrier I believe will hold."

State Emergency Service divisional commander Chris Parker said 17 properties outside the levee were being defended with 140,000 sandbags.

Sandbags are also being used to reinforce the levee, after water began seeping through on Wednesday morning.

"We are countering that with pumping, as well as extra sandbags along there to ensure that the safety of the township itself is secure," Mr Parker said.

Once the river reaches its peak it is predicted to remain at that level for 24 hours before dropping below three metres by Sunday. Read More