Extraordinary before and after pictures have emerged of a dam showing the stark contrast between drought and flooding in Australia.
Fifteen years ago, Lake Eildon in Victoria’s central highlands was almost empty at just 5.3 per cent full, a record low capacity and surrounded by dry, barren land.
Today the dam looks very different at 100.4 per cent as the widespread flooding crisis in regional Victoria continues.
Even in early July, Lake Eildon was at 82.5 percent capacity.
But recent downfalls saw it quickly reach full capacity, prompting authorities to release water from Lake Eildon into the Goulburn River earlier this month.
Many Australians are happy to see the dam full again.
This was Victoria’s Lake Eildon when it was at a record low capacity of 5.3 per cent during a drought in 2007
‘It’s good to see it filled again. Water in books is always welcome. Sometimes we don’t understand how important and precious water is to every living thing on this planet,’ wrote one Aussie.
Another added: ‘Never would have thought it would refill more than 100 per cent ever.’
The pictures brought back good childhood memories for others.
‘I remember living there as a child and being told all the time to take a quick shower and not leave the taps running because there just wasn’t enough water. It’s absolutely amazing to see,’ recalled one woman.
Located in the regional towns of Mansfield and Eildon in Victoria’s Alpine region, the dam was rarely filled during the drought of the early 2000s, causing great difficulty for once-thriving holiday destinations around the lake that were unable to attract visitors.
Meanwhile, the ongoing flooding crisis is far from over, with a number of emergency evacuation orders issued for parts of regional Victoria on Tuesday morning.
Today Lake Eildon is overflowing after heavy falls in recent weeks
This old photo shows water disappearing from the northern end of Lake Eildon near Bonnie Doon, the town made famous by the iconic Australian film The Castle
Already flooded areas have been warned to prepare for more severe weather, with some parts of Australia set to receive more than 200mm of rain over the next seven days.
The East Coast is set to be hit by more heavy rain and storms this week with extreme weather starting to form on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the weather is expected to settle across South Australia, the Northern Territory and western Queensland with central SA to see the most rainfall.
That rain will then begin to spread further east on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain to Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.
“Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms will spread across a large area of eastern and southeastern Australia this week, adding more water to already flooded rivers in several states,” Weather zone said meteorologist Ben Domensino.
The worst of the system is expected to land on the NSW-Queensland border with more than 200mm expected to fall by Sunday.
Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the rainiest days in the region.
Sir. Domensino warned that the wild weather will bring severe thunderstorms that will recur throughout the week.
A seven-day rainfall chart across Australia (above) shows which regions will be hardest hit in the coming wild weather
The dam is part of the flooded Goulburn River catchment (pictured near Shepparton on Monday)
“Thunderstorms will be particularly dangerous over Queensland and NSW between Wednesday and Friday, when daily severe storm activity is likely in both states,” he said.
Central and western NSW, including the ACT, is expected to see more than 100mm of rain in the next seven days.
Sydneysiders can expect a mild week of showers until Sunday that will bring rainfall totals above 50mm.
Several regions across Victoria are expected to receive more than 80mm of rain in the next week as recovery efforts from massive flooding continue.
“In some areas, this week’s wet weather will cause renewed water level rises and hamper cleanup operations,” Domensino said.
Several regions across NSW are set to receive more than 100mm of rain in the next seven days, while the state’s border with Queensland will see more than 200mm (pictured, rainfall chart for the next seven days in NSW)
MAJOR CITIES 5-DAY DESIGNATION
Tuesday sunny. Min 9 Max 25
Wednesday sunny. Min 11 Max 29
Thursday A late shower or two. Min 13 Max 23
Friday showers. Min 12 Max 21
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 23
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 23
Thursday shower or two. Min 14 Max 23
Friday cloudy. Min 14 Max 21
Tuesday Mostly sunny. Min 6 Max 21
Wednesday sunny. Min 9 Max 23
Thursday Possible showers. Min 11 Max 20
Friday Showers increase. Min 13 Max 23
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 20
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 21
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 17
Friday showers. Min 9 Max 21
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 20
Wednesday sunny. Min 8 Max 24
Thursday showers. Min 11 Max 20
Friday showers. Min 13 Max 21
Tuesday showers. Min 14 Max 22
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 15 Max 24
Thursday Increasing showers. Min 17 Max 23
Friday decreasing showers. Min 17 Max 25
Tuesday Showers possible. Min 17 Max 25
Wednesday showers. Min 19 Max 23
Thursday showers. Min 19 Max 25
Friday showers. Min 19 Max 24
Tuesday Possible early storm. Showers. Min 26 Max 35
Wednesday shower or two. Possible storm. Min 27 Max 34
Thursday shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Friday shower or two. Possible storm. Min 27 Max 34
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
The system is also set to add further challenges to Victoria, where devastating floods have damaged thousands of homes.
“There will be another challenge later this week,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“We still have Murray to top.
‘A number of communities haven’t peaked yet and we’re going to get more rain from the higher base, so that’s going to present really significant challenges.’