Rain totals vary widely in region

By Country News

The storm that wreaked havoc in parts of northern Victoria and the southern Riverina last week saw more rain in some locations than others.

Towns such as Wangaratta, Yarrawonga and Birchip were hit the hardest, with the Birchip area experiencing more than five times its average monthly rainfall within two days.

Towns such as Shepparton and Kyabram missed the worst of it, but roughly doubled their December rainfall total so far.

People are reminded not to drive through floodwater, after 120 people needed rescuing from Hume Freeway south of Wangaratta, including 17 by helicopter on Thursday.

Up to 500 vehicles were impacted by floodwaters on Hume Freeway and detours through Shepparton were in place.

Following is a list of towns around the region and the rainfall recorded up to 9am Friday as well as their monthly totals:

■Benalla — 55.1mm (as of Friday 9am), 71.7mm (December total rainfall so far)

■Kyabram — 16.6mm, 28.6mm

■Shepparton — 16.4mm, 30.8mm

■Strathbogie — 34.4mm, 63.4mm

■Echuca — 26mm, 40.8mm

■Wangaratta — 80mm, 90.4mm

■Kerang — 30.2mm, 33.6mm

■Tocumwal — 40.4mm, 45.7mm

■Yarrawonga — 75.8mm, 81.8mm

■Deniliquin — 11.4mm, 13.8mm

■Hume Reservoir — 36mm, 44.2mm.