Ballarat region floods as record rains fall

BALLARAT has recorded its highest January rainfall on record, with more than 203mm of rain received so far this month.The city received 95mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am today, prompting flash flooding across the city.Residents woke to torrents of water surrounding their homes, while many city roads resembled rivers.The downpour pushed Lake Wendouree's water levels beyond capacity for the first time since 2002.The front of North Gardens Reserve was submerged with water, while rain flooded sections of Wendouree Pde, including outside Loreto College.Wild winds also brought trees down around the lake, blocking sections of the road.Creswick and Clunes flooding: Click hereBeaufort and Skipton flooding: Click hereBallarat region floods live blog: Click hereBallarat's latest downpour came on top of 108.2mm of rain recorded during the past four days and pushed the monthly total to 203.2mm — the highest January rainfall on record.The previous record of 188mm was recorded in 1963. Earlier today, areas of Ballarat suffered from power shortages due to the strong winds and heavy rain in the past 24 hours. The wild weather caused six main faults where trees had fallen over power lines and cut off power to surrounding areas. Sebastopol, Magpie, Gong Gong, Sexton, Ballan and Shelford were all affected by power shortages. Some homes at Gordon, Brown Hill and Blackwood remain without power.Powercor corporate affairs manager Hugo Armstrong said the region's flooding was making it difficult to get in and access the affected areas.

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