Bucketing down

Drysdale Recreation Reserve after the torrential downpour. Picture: SHANE CUTAJAR

Torrential rain turned Drysdale and Clifton Springs into a potential flash flooding area.
The area was one of the state’s most affected on Tuesday 21 March – when upwards of 70mm of rain fell in one day.
Drysdale Recreation Reserve resembled a small lake and floodwaters raged through town as our dry March turned into something resembling the tropics during the wet season.
St Thomas Catholic Primary School was closed the following day due to the flooding.
The street at the entrance to the boat ramp at Adrian Mannix Reserve in Clifton Springs resembled a fast-flowing river.
The worst of the rain occured from 4.30pm and lasted for nearly an hour.
There were more than 60 calls to the SES for help from Drysdale and Clifton Springs between 6pm and 7pm.
One Clifton Springs resident reported 82mm in his rain gauge and nearly two months of average rainfall fell in just a few hours.

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