The southern state of Victoria is definitely a good place to be this summer. There is wonderful camping to be enjoyed along the Victorian river ways. Aside from some areas of south east Gippsland there has been little flooding in Victoria this year and many of our friends have had the most enjoyable holidays along the Murray River over summer.
Mosquitoes are down in numbers this year too. Last year they were such a pest you couldn't venture into the garden day or night but the Goulburn Valley region had been in flood for months. We needed the wet to rejuvenate out red river gum forests so no one was complaining.
Around the county, the area around Mooree is one of the worst affected by flooding.
Premier Anna Bligh says the relocation of 300 of the town's 750 residents showed the community was "going through a very, very significant event".
"The safety of those people is our first priority," she said.
"I do understand this is very frightening for people and they would be very distressed."
She said the flood event in Mitchell was so extraordinary that the centre, used without incident during previous flood events, had been left vulnerable.
"The waters are still rising and we've already seen it exceed the previous record some time in the 1800s," she said.
Don Allen from Albany Downs, south of Mitchell, says his neighbours are being airlifted to his place.
"We get on really well with the next-door neighbours, so it'll be one big party I think," he said.
But ahead of the get-together, he managed to save 500 head of cattle on his property.
"I got above higher ground, thank goodness, but that was a bit of an experience in itself," he said.
"There were over 200 [head of cattle] in this one group so they were swimming through water to get to where we wanted them to go."
The flood peak has been upgraded for St George, where record levels are now expected on Tuesday.
Major arterial routes linking inland New South Wales and Queensland remain closed.
The Newell, Gwydir Carnarvon, Bruxner and Oxley highways have been cut by floodwaters, but more closures are expected.
All schools in both Mitchell and Roma are closed today.
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