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Great Ocean Road CLOSED As It Takes The Brunt Of The Weather

Land slips and fallen trees have blocked parts of the Great Ocean Road as rain continues to drench Victoria.

The tourist route was closed on Wednesday between Lorne and Eastern View, the location of the often-photographed memorial arch that pays tribute to the World War One servicemen who built the road.


Across the state, scores of roads and properties have flooded after heavy rain and the Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for several rivers.

A man and his dog were dragged out of a fast-moving creek in Pascoe Vale by MFB crews on Tuesday afternoon.

Four drivers found themselves stuck in floodwaters in western Victoria, the SES told AAP.

"Particularly in a flash flooding situation, it is easy to find yourself in trouble through no fault of your own," Stefan Delatovic said on Wednesday.

"But we would use it as another opportunity to remind people to never enter floodwater."

A severe weather warning for heavy rain and damaging winds has been cancelled for the Wimmera district but remains in place for a significant portion of the state.

The warning includes Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Wodonga, Wangaratta and alpine areas.

A major flood warning for the Loddon River catchment was issued on Wednesday morning, following more than 50mm of rain in 24 hours at Bet Bet, west of Bendigo.

Heavy falls were also recorded at Mount William (79mm), the Lederberg State Park (62mm) and Ballarat Airport (54mm).

Residents in the small town of Skipton have been warned floodwaters from Mount Emu Creek could impact low-lying homes and businesses, as it did in a devastating flood in January 2011.

Towns along the Glenelg River, including Casterton where homes and businesses were inundated at the weekend, are also being warned to prepare for moderate flooding.

In sodden Melbourne, rains will ease by lunchtime, but showers will return in the evening.

AAP

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