Extraordinary before and after photos have emerged of a dam, highlighting the stark contrast between drought and floods 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 – and surrounded by dry, barren land.
Today, the dam looks much different at 100.4 per cent of capacity as the widespread flooding crisis across regional Victoria continues.
Even at the start of July, Lake Eildon was at 82.5 per cent 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 Aussies are delighted to see the dam full again.
This was Victoria’s Lake Eildon when it was at a record low 5.3 per cent capacity during a drought in 2007
‘It’s good to see it full again. Water in books is always welcome. Sometimes we don’t get how important and how valuable water is for all living creatures on this planet,’ one Aussie wrote.
Another added: ‘Never would’ve thought it’ll refill past 100 per cent ever.’
The photos brought back fond childhood memories for others.
‘I remember living there as a child and being constantly told to have quick showers and not to leave taps running because there just wasn’t enough water. This is absolutely amazing to see,’ one woman recalled.
Located in the regional towns of Mansfield and Eildon in the Victoria’s alpine region, the dam rarely filled during the drought in the early 2000s, causing great hardship for once-thriving holiday destinations around the lake unable to attract visitors.
Meanwhile, the ongoing flood crisis is far from over, with a number of emergency evacuation orders issued for part of regional Victoria on Tuesday morning.
Today, Lake Eildon is overflowing after heavy downfalls in recent weeks
This old photo shows water is disappearing from the north end of Lake Eildon near Bonnie Doon, the town made famous by iconic Australian film The Castle
Already flooded areas have been warned to brace for more severe weather with some parts of Australia to receive more than 200mm of rain in the next seven days.
The east coast is set to be battered by more heavy rain and storms this week with extreme weather to begin forming on Tuesday.
‘Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms will spread over a large area of eastern and southeastern Australia this week, adding more water to already flooded rivers in several states,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.
The worst conditions of the system are expected to land on the NSW-Queensland border with more than 200mm expected to fall by Sunday.
Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to be the rainiest days for the region.
Mr Domensino warned the wild weather will bring severe thunderstorms that will reoccur throughout the week.
A seven-day rainfall chart of Australia (above) shows which regions will be hardest hit in upcoming 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.
The centre and west of NSW, including the ACT, are expected to see more than 100mm of rain in the next seven days.
Sydneysiders can expect a soggy week with showers through to Sunday set to bring rainfall totals above 50mm.
Several regions across Victoria are forecast to receive more than 80mm of rain in the next week while recovery efforts from massive floods continues.
‘In some areas, this week’s wet weather will cause renewed river level rises and hamper clean-up operations,’ Mr 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 cop more than 200mm (pictured, rainfall chart for the next seven days in NSW)
MAJOR CITIES FIVE-DAY FORECAST
Tuesday Sunny. Min 9 Max 25
Wednesday Sunny. Min 11 Max 29
Thursday 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 shower. Min 11 Max 20
Friday Showers increasing. 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 Showers increasing. Min 17 Max 23
Friday Showers easing. Min 17 Max 25
Tuesday Possible shower. 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 cause even more challenges for Victoria, where devastating floods have damaged thousands of homes.
‘There is another challenge coming later this week,’ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
‘We’ve still got the Murray to peak.
‘A number of communities haven’t peaked yet and we’re going to get more rain off that higher base so that’s going to present really significant challenges.’