Heavy rain has given horticulturalists in Harcourt, in central Victoria, a much need boost in confidence.
The region has struggled over the past few years with drought and low water allocations.
Grower Malcolm Burrows says the weekend’s downpour should improve the size of the fruit.
He says the drought has forced him to downsize his operation this season.
“We had reduced our crop this year probably to a point where it was manageable but it still did need a bit of a hand to try to get to optimum sizes and this rain will certainly help with that area,” he said.
Meanwhile, Coliban Water says the heaviest falls around central Victoria did not fall near its catchments.
However, it expects several hundred megalitres of water will flow into its storages by the end of the week.
The storms caused some several sewers to back up with stormwater.
But managing director Gavin Hanlon says the issues have now been fixed.
“Caused a few overflow problems, particularly in White Hills, also in a number of our channel systems they act as contour banks in some areas and actually capture stormwater and a couple of those flooded and caused minor damage to a couple of sheds and those sorts of things,” he said.