Victoria’s flood crisis has reached Melbourne with a suburban emergency warning and an evacuation order in Gippsland.
Remarkable CCTV footage captured the 15 minutes it took to fill a parking garage in Traralgon with flood water….
Remarkable CCTV footage captured the 15 minutes it took to fill a parking garage in Traralgon with flood water.
Another evacuation order has been issued for Victorian residents living near a surging creek after a second person fell victim to the state’s treacherous flooding.
An emergency warning has also been issued for the far east of Melbourne, with rising water levels likely to cause major flooding of the Yarra River at Yarra Glen.
In Gippsland, anyone living, working or vacationing in the Traralgon Creek area has been asked to evacuate again, with the warning at 12:21 p.m. Friday.
It comes as police found a woman’s body in a vehicle in the water off Maddens Bridge Rd in Glenfyne on Friday around 10:40 am.
Although the body has not yet been formally identified, police believe it belonged to the missing woman Nina, who went missing from Simpson’s home on Wednesday.
She was the second victim of the treacherous flooding that wreaked havoc on Thursday after a man in his 60s was found dead in southeastern Victoria.
And the chaos was not over after Victoria Emergency warned of more « major flooding » in the city of Traralgon on Friday night and Saturday.
Traralgon Creek was currently below the minor flood level, but rapid river level rises were again expected as more rain fell on Friday afternoon.
Floods would affect: Milton Ct, Tennyson St, Moonabeal Crt, Booth Ct, Whittakers Rd between Shakespear St and Princes St, Davidson St from the Traralgon Creek to Peterkin St, Willow Ct, George St, Berry St, Peterkin St, Munro St between George St and Peterkin St, Couchs Lane.
The warning was in effect until 2:30 p.m. Friday. « If you don’t evacuate before then, your property could become isolated or flooded and it could be too late to leave, » VicEmergency said.
It is the second evacuation order in 24 hours after residents of about 200 houses in Traralgon were forced to flee around 10:30 am on Thursday.
A shelter was set up in the Traralgon basketball stadium.
At about 1.30pm, another urgent warning was also issued for the outskirts of Melbourne for « major flood likely » in the Yarra River at Yarra Glen.
It warned local residents to expect minor flooding downstream from Yarra Glen from Saturday.
The level of the Yarra River at Yarra Glen stood at a moderate high water level of 4.60m and is rising, but is expected to peak around the major flood level of 5m Friday night.
« The estimated peak at Yarra Glen is likely to exceed the peak level of the February 2011 event (4.77m), which is the highest flood level recorded at this location to date, » the warning reads.
“Yarra Glen can be hit anytime between 5pm and 7pm. If you are in this area you are in danger – act now to protect yourself.”
Major flooding was likely along the Thomson River downstream from Wandocka with an emergency warning also in place.
The Thomson River at Sale Wharf is expected to flood Friday night, with anyone living next to the river being deemed « at risk » and encouraged to « leave now before conditions get too dangerous ».
The chief operating officer of the Victoria State Emergency Service, Tim Wiebusch, said on Friday that no postponement was underway.
« The challenge for the community and Traralgon is that although the water has receded and the Princes Highway is open, we expect up to another 100mm of rain later today and during the night, » he told reporters.
“The advice we have is that it will result in another major flood, and we expect to issue another evacuation order for those communities sometime early this afternoon.”
Mr Wiebusch said weather forecasters are likely to see an additional 15-25mm of rain in the southern parts of Victoria and in Gippsland, and 40-60mm in the western and central catchments.
« We cannot emphasize enough. Stay connected with your emergency broadcast, get the latest information from the VicEmergency website and stay connected with the Vic traffic website for the latest road closures. »
SES crews have responded to 7,400 requests for help in the past 48 hours, as strong winds and torrential rain ravaged the state Wednesday night and throughout Thursday.
It caused hundreds of trees to fall over power lines, leaving 121,000 homes across Victoria still without power.
And it can take days for power to restore in some homes.
Energy supplier AusNet warned that it may not be until next week that some homes will be reconnected after the network suffered major damage.
Meanwhile, tap water in Trentham – the city west of Melbourne that was cut off completely by fallen trees – was warned as undrinkable.
“What we will see in the next 24 hours in terms of flooding is threats on the Thompson River in Sale, with 30 properties already knocked on the door and likely to be threatened with flooding there,” said Mr Wiebusch.
“On the outskirts of Melbourne, in the upper reaches of the Yarra River, we will also see major flooding.
“The Melba Highway and the road from Healesville to Yarra Glen were closed this morning.
“We expect that the last flood water will come through the floodplains. That will put people like the racecourse and about 20 other properties at risk from those flood waters. ”
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