Authorities remain on alert for rising floodwaters across Victoria after heavy falls drenched the state, stranding about 120 people on a freeway.
About 120 people had to be relocated from a flooded Hume Freeway in northeast Victoria, including 17 winched to safety by helicopter, as heavy rains drenched the state.
More than a month's worth of rain has fallen across parts of Victoria and the wild weather is expected to continue through Friday.
Authorities spent Thursday rescuing people from car roofs after they got caught on the Hume Freeway south of Wangaratta.
"There's a certain degree of frustration, where people, after many, many warnings, continue to make the poor decisions, foolish decisions, in fact, to drive into flood water," Emergency Management Commissioner Andrews Crisp told reporters.
"They're putting themselves at risk, they're tying up emergency services unnecessarily. So - it's just - it's a dumb thing to do."
State Emergency Service Chief Officer Tim Wiebusch said authorities were taking the 120 people stranded from the waters to dry land, then in buses to the Wangaratta relief centre.
He said many vehicles, from heavy trucks to small cars, were caught in the waters.
"It doesn't matter what the type of vehicle is, in these scenarios with the volume of water that was there - this wasn't a torrent of water that was all of a sudden just appearing in the roadway in front of people," Mr Wiebusch told reporters.
"People have foolishly chosen to drive through that flood water."
While most of the heavy rain in Melbourne is over, authorities say Victoria is not out of the woods and a severe weather warning remains in place.
Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms were predicted across the north of the state and the wild weather is expected to continue in coastal areas near the coast on Friday.
An almost stationary low pressure trough is over central Victoria and is likely to deepen into a low pressure system over the northwest overnight.
Across the state people are warned to be careful of rising rivers as floodwaters make their way through the system.
The SES is on alert for the Otways, South Gippsland and Wodonga in particular.
The service got 468 calls for help between 6am and 6pm on Thursday, including 225 for flooding and 124 for damage to buildings.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there's been record-breaking rainfall.
Highest totals for Thursday include:
* Bloomfield Park (Everton) 165mm
* Carboor Upper 125mm
* Eldorado 110mm
* Mount Buffalo 84mm
* Woomelang 72.6mm
* Sandringham 47.8mm
Australian Associated Press