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Victorian towns battle floods

One Victorian town is assessing the damge while the other is preparing for the worst as river peaks cause extensive damage in the state

Rivers are expected to peak in the western Victorian town of Horsham.

Preparations for the river peak are underway in the town while in Victorian town Echuca, residents are already assessing the damage following the Campaspe River peak last night.

While the river has not breached its levee banks, 170 people have been evacuated from their homes and properties have been impacted.

State Emergency Service Commander John Harker says crews have been sandbagging power stations.

“We’re hoping those power sub-stations will be protected however there is still a possibilty that some supply may be lost over the coming days,” he says.

As the flood focus moves to Victoria, Melbourne Talk Radio host Steve Price speaks to Newstalk ZB host Mike Hosking about the impact in the state.

Listen to the full interview here.

In Horsham, up to 500 properties are at risk of being inundated.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, the State Cabinet is meeting this morning to discuss the recovery plan. Premier Anna Bligh says the meeting will discuss priorities for the clean-up and rebuilding


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