Moving the focus away from Traralgon, I'm worried about the news I'll wake up to tomorrow. Back in 2007, thanks to massive rainfall in the Macalister catchment which had yet to recover from the previous summer's bushfires, much of the valley both upstream and downstream of Licola was absolutely devastated by a huge amount of water. Debris was found in trees 11m above Cheynes bridge between Glenmaggie and Licola! As a result, further downstream, monitoring equipment was knocked out and Glenmaggie reservoir went from 50% full to massively overflowing overnight without warning. Destructive, widespread flooding occurred throughout the Macalister irrigation district after that, and even eventually affected businesses in Lakes Entrance that needed to be sandbagged.
Technically, a major flood level was also recorded at Licola this time, albeit just for a day, and the river there is now below minor flood level. But yesterday, the level in Glenmaggie was just 37.9% and today it was recorded at 71.7%. Worryingly, the river revel measured at the inflow point to the reservoir is still rising. More water is currently being let out of the weir but I fear that it is futile. The Macalister River joins the Thomson River just upstream of Sale, and the Thomson River joins the Latrobe River just downstream of Sale. The major flood levels experienced along the Thomson in that district over the past day or so have barely dropped and Sale is already experiencing moderate flood levels at its causeway. Flows are being held back by the already flooded Latrobe River. Add the potential major flood on the Macalister River downstream of Glenmaggie if the water can't be contained there, and disaster will result.
I hope I'm wrong.