Victorian council delays flood report

A council in northern Victoria will send a flood report back for further drafting as historic floods continue to batter the state.

Campaspe Shire Council, which serves areas including Echuca and Rochester, moved to return the Echuca-Moama flood study for further drafting to ensure its accuracy.

"I hope the other councillors will support that, given where we're at at the moment and given the recent and ongoing flood event that has happened... that we can put this on hold for the time being," Councillor Adrian Weston told the meeting.

"(To) acknowledge all the learnings and ground truths by way of the flood that's happened, the mapping arising out of the study and in due course, refine it, tweak it, get it to reflect what actually happened, and then put it back out for consultation in the future."

The motion was universally backed by the other councillors.

Floodwaters across Victoria continue to surge downstream into the state's northwest, with an emergency warning in place southwest of Mildura in Iraak, where evacuated residents were warned it was still not safe to return.

A watch and act warning remains in place at Echuca for moderate flooding, with rainfall for the past several weeks prolonging the disaster.

A controversial levee was built last month when flooding started to protect the main part of town, leading to the inundation of dozens of properties on the wrong side of it.

Campaspe Shire Council said at the time the decision was made by Emergency Management Victoria and it was not consulted on the levee's location or design.

Watch and act flood warnings are in place along most of the Murray River from Albury Wodonga to the South Australian border, excepting Mildura City and most of the Murray-Kulkyne National Park.

West of Melbourne, a watch and act warning is in place on the Barwon River downstream of Inverleigh in greater Geelong, and east of Melbourne on the Yarra River between Coldstream and Millgrove.

The Victorian State Emergency Service responded to 83 calls for assistance during the 24 hours to midday on Thursday, with Mildura requiring the most assistance making eight requests.

Stonefruit growers have warned of an imminent shortage of peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots due to extreme weather affecting growing regions in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.