Victorian man found dead in floodwater as SES Victoria has ‘busiest 24-hour period in history’

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Police have confirmed that a man was found dead in the water in Victoria on Thursday afternoon after being spotted by a member of the public.

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Wild weather has wreaked havoc in parts of Melbourne, Victoria, cutting down trees and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

Wild weather wreaked havoc in parts of Melbourne, Victoria, knocking down trees and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

Parts of Victoria have been ravaged by heavy rainfall. Image: NCA NewsWire/David CroslingSource: News Corp Australia

A man has been found dead in flooding in southeastern Victoria.

Police said first responders were called to Starlings Lane near Woodside around 1:45 p.m. Thursday after a member of the public saw a car nearly submerged in the water.

Officers found the dead man near the car.

The man would be in his sixties.

« Our agency’s condolences go out to his family and loved ones today, » state emergency service commander David Baker told ABC.

The body has been retrieved by a rescue team and the police have launched an investigation.

Wild weather has hit Victoria with flooding and high winds.  Image: NCA NewsWire/David Crosling

Wild weather has hit Victoria with flooding and high winds. Image: NCA NewsWire/David CroslingSource: News Corp Australia

Police also said they would prepare a report for the coroner.

Woodside is a village about 70 km south of Traralgon in Gippsland.

The Gippsland area has been ravaged by strong winds and rain, causing rivers to overflow and trees to fall.

The SES had received more than 6,000 calls for help on Thursday evening and made about 37 rescues, Mr Baker said.

« It was the busiest 24-hour period in Victoria SES history, » he said.

The SES expects the flooding to continue in the coming days and that more bad weather may be on the way.

People living in counties Latrobe and Wellington should watch out for more flooding.

« People in those areas need to be aware that the water is going through those systems in the coming days, » said Mr Baker.

“Rain is expected on Saturday and possibly another system later next week. So we want to make sure that Gippslanders stay aware of that threat out there.”

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