Flood evacuation orders issued for Mildura, Nichols Point, Bruce’s Bend and surrounding areas

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Parts of Mildura and surrounding towns have been told to evacuate as the Murray River continues to rise.

Residents in parts of Mildura, Bruce’s Bend and Nichols Peak have been told they have until 6 p.m. 19.00 Thursday.

Authorities warn that some homes are surrounded by water and that driving in and out of the area is likely to be affected by deep floodwaters.

The emergency warning has been issued for Mildura residents in Etiwanda Avenue, Benetook Avenue, Cowra Avenue and Cureton Avenue East.

People living in Nichols Point, Bruce’s Bend and surrounding areas have also been asked to evacuate.

Marina operator Brett Pickering’s office was almost completely underwater by midday Thursday.

A middle-aged man with dark hair, wearing a branded polo shirt, standing outside.
Brett Pickering is a partner in Bruce’s Bend Marina.(ABC Mildura-Swan Hill: Chris Kimball)

“The only way in here at the moment is by boat – the road is currently under one to two meters of water,” he said.

“It’s quite surreal driving over that road [in a boat].”

Pickering was among those who evacuated earlier this month in preparation for the flooding.

A road sign partially submerged by a flooded river.
The SES is warning residents in parts of Mildura and surrounding areas to evacuate immediately or risk being cut off.(ABC Mildura-Swan Hill: Chris Kimball)

His business has been closed for three weeks as a result.

“We have had to put all the boats out in the middle [of the river],” he said.

“The business – we don’t know how long we’re going to be in flood, it’s probably going to be the best part of the summer.

“It’s going to be a pretty lean time through that period.”

A dyke on the edge of a river, cordoned off with warning signs.
Mildura residents make their own dikes and sandbags.(ABC Mildura-Swan Hill: Chris Kimball)

The State’s emergency services warn that the flooding could last for weeks and that residents who do not evacuate could be isolated.

An emergency aid center has been set up at the Alfred Deakin Centre.

The river is expected to crest in Mildura by the end of the week.

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