Vic floods claim a life, man found in dam

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Body found in flooded Victorian dam

The body of a man, believed to be a missing farmer, has been found in a dam in Victoria.

Victoria's floods have turned deadly, with the body of a missing elderly farmer found in a dam.

The 84-year-old Macarthur man was found in the Wallacedale dam where his ute was swept away in the state's west on Wednesday.

Police divers discovered the body in the dam on Friday afternoon after extensive searches by local police and the air wing over three days.

Investigators do not believe the death is suspicious, and the case is now before the coroner.

One of three dogs tied to the man's ute died on Wednesday.

The state has battled heavy rain for a week, causing widespread flooding and damage, and more than a dozen people have had to be rescued.

Residents in Charlton in Victoria's northwest are still battling the threat of flooding, as the Avoca River shows signs of peaking.

Eighty homes in the area were doorknocked on Friday, while some residents have been advised to evacuate due to the risk of flooding.

The Avoca river is continuing to rise but at slower than expected rates, thanks to a break in rainfall on Friday.

The river had reached 7.38m by Friday afternoon, and is set to rise as high as 7.5m by Friday evening or Saturday morning.

The levels are lower than the September 2011 floods, where the river reached 7.9m.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Emergency Services Minister James Merlino and federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan toured the town on Friday, announcing disaster assistance grants for flood-affected residents.

Households will be able to access up to $1300 each to cover immediate needs and up to $32,500 to help with the clean-up and rebuild.

Despite numerous calls for people not to drive into floodwaters throughout the week, the SES had to rescue two separate people who were stranded in floodwaters on Friday.

"Flooding has been sort of front of mind for us for a week now, and still even today we're seeing people driving into floodwater," State Control Centre spokesman Stefan Delatovic told AAP.

The SES hotline has received 1200 calls for assistance in the past week.

More than 200 roads are closed, including parts of the Great Ocean Rd where the risk of further landslides is being assessed.

After a lull in the rain, showers are set to return on Saturday in the west before moving across to the east of the state on Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting about 5-20mm of rain to fall across the state from Tuesday next week, possibly bringing with it more flash flooding.

The State Control Centre is advising people travelling during the school holidays next week to take extra care.

"Given that there's still so much water around and it's had such an impact on roads we're just making sure people are conscious of the need to plan ahead," Mr Delatovic said.