Australian weather: Victoria braces for MORE rain as residents spend a night without power


Victoria will be drenched by even more rain today after more than 160,000 residents shivered through the night without power and a man died in flash flooding.

While Friday’s forecast 10-20mm of rain for the Gippsland region will be nothing like the the 270ml deluge that the region has endured, it will affect catchments that are already flooding.

‘Despite it being an easing trend, the low pressure system that is causing all of this wild weather hasn’t quite gone away yet,’ BOM meteorologist Christopher Arvier said. 

The body of a man believed to be in his 60s was found submerged in a vehicle in Woodside, Gippsland, on Thursday at about 1:45pm after a member of the public called Triple 0. 

About 60km north, evacuation warnings remained in place as floodwaters continued to rise.

A tree smashed through the roof of a house during Wednesday night's storm in Emerald, Victoria (pictured)

A tree smashed through the roof of a house during Wednesday night’s storm in Emerald, Victoria (pictured) 

Flood water seen surrounding a house in Traralgon in Victoria

Flood water seen surrounding a house in Traralgon in Victoria

Flood water seen surrounding a house in Traralgon in Victoria

Residents look at a downed tree following storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne

Residents look at a downed tree following storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne

Residents look at a downed tree following storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne 

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened.  

A major flood warning was also issued on Thursday night for the Thomson River, with major flooding possible for Sale on Friday afternoon.

There are other active major flood warnings across the West Gippsland catchment including the Avon, Macalister and Latrobe rivers.

Entire towns are being evacuated as the Bureau of Meteorology issued major flood warnings for areas including Milgrove, Licola, Cowwarr Weir, Tanjil Junction and Traralgon in Victoria’s east. 

Those already in a safe place are urged to stay put for the next 48 to 72 hours, when most of the flooding is expected to move through communities.

Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through floodwaters.

Within 15 minutes the garage had completely flooded with some cars being pushed to the roof

Within 15 minutes the garage had completely flooded with some cars being pushed to the roof

Within 15 minutes the garage had completely flooded with some cars being pushed to the roof

A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday

A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday

A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened

Power lines and trees were brought down in the towns of Lilydale, Emerald, and the Dandenongs.

The State Emergency Service responded to a record 6000 calls for assistance over a 24-hour period.

It is expected to take days for the SES to clear the backlog, while tens of thousands of Victorian customers also remain without power.

Late on Thursday, Powercor reported it had restored power to more than 70,000 of its customers, with more than 20,000 still waiting.

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said it could take a number of days to restore power in some areas.

Winds reached speeds up to 119km/h in mountain areas and 104km/h in Melbourne, but the severe weather warning for the Gippsland area was cancelled on Thursday afternoon as conditions moderated.

Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.

Apart from the Gippsland flooding, wild winds also hit parts of Melbourne, the Dandenongs and the central highlands.

Winds reached speeds up to 119km/h in mountain areas and 104km/h in Melbourne. 

Sydney also shivered through its coldest day in 25 years on Thursday as the cold front affected much of the eastern seaboard.

The cold air mass that blew in from Antarctica, sent temperatures plummeting and caused widespread snowfalls all the way up to the Queensland border. 

Thousands of homes are expected to remain in the dark for several days with more wild weather on the way.

That extraordinary number increased to 6500 calls for help by the afternoon.

Police have called the Mt Dandenong suburb of Kalorama a ‘death trap’ as people are stuck in their homes and trees could collapse at any minute.

Isolated residents in  Kalorama are now pleading for emergency food to be dropped in with Inverness Rd blocked off by fallen trees.  

Thousands of homes are expected to remain in the dark for several days with more wild weather on the way. Pictured: Walhalla

Thousands of homes are expected to remain in the dark for several days with more wild weather on the way. Pictured: Walhalla

Thousands of homes are expected to remain in the dark for several days with more wild weather on the way. Pictured: Walhalla

Local residents assess storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne on Thursday

Local residents assess storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne on Thursday

Local residents assess storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne on Thursday

Heavy rain inundated the Walhalla North Gardens flooding the surrounding parklands

Heavy rain inundated the Walhalla North Gardens flooding the surrounding parklands

Heavy rain inundated the Walhalla North Gardens flooding the surrounding parklands

Flood waters run through Walhalla North Gardens, in Walhalla, Victoria,

Flood waters run through Walhalla North Gardens, in Walhalla, Victoria,

Flood waters run through Walhalla North Gardens, in Walhalla, Victoria,

SES Victoria chief Tim Wiebusch said crews had performed about a dozen rescues from motorists stranded in flood waters in Gippsland.

Footage emerged of a man being winched from his car roof by a helicopter on Thursday morning, as Mr Wiebusch warned the number one fatality during storms is people driving through floodwaters.

Flood waters are expected to rise to 5.7 metres, and a relief centre has been set up at Traralgon Basketball Stadium.

The town of Trentham, 90km north-west of the city, was completely cut off by fallen trees, with fears some remained trapped in their homes.

The town was also warned it may run out of drinking water in a matter of hours.

Coliban Water advised residents not to use water from their taps from 7pm onwards on Thursday due to fears it may be contaminated.

‘We currently have only 10% storage at our Water Treatment Plant and, we are at risk of running out overnight,’ they said.

‘If this happens, we may be unable to communicate with residents due to potential loss of communication. There is also a burst water main that may cause a loss of pressure in the distribution system. 

‘If there is a loss of pressure we cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink.’

EVACUATION ORDERS FOR VICTORIA: 

If you live, work, or are holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area you should evacuate now.

Floodwaters are rapidly rising.

Anyone in these areas near Traralgon Creek strongly advised to evacuate:

Flooding is expected to impact Milton Court, Tennyson Street, Moonabeal Court, Booth Court, Whittakers Road between Shakespeare Street and Princes Street, Davidson Street from the Traralgon Creek to Peterkin Street, Willow Court, George Street, Berry Street, Peterkin Street, Munro Street between George Street and Peterkin Street, Couchs Lane. 

MAJOR FLOOD WARNINGS  

Latrobe River

Macalister River 

Thomson River 

Traralgon Creek

Yarra River

What you should do if you are in a major flood warning area:

Travel to a safe location. Options include:

The home of family or friends who live in a safe location, away from flooding.

A relief centre that has been opened at Traralgon Basketball Stadium, Garibaldi Street, Traralgon.

This centre has been set up to triage evacuees to determine whether or not ongoing assistance is required including accommodation.

Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater.

Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

If floodwater enters your home or you become isolated, move to higher ground by stepping on top of tables, chairs, benches and beds.

When you leave remember to take your pets, mobile phone and medications.

If you are travelling by car:

Do not enter flooded areas. Turn around to find a safe alternative route.

For road closure information go to traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ or call 131 170.

Floodwater is dangerous – never drive through floodwater.

If you stay:

If you choose to stay, emergency services may not be able to help you.

Shelter in the highest location possible.

This warning is current to 10/06/2021 12:40 pm. If you do not evacuate before this time, your property may be isolated or inundated and it may be too late to leave.

Impacts in your area:

Flooding above floor level of a single story home will occur.

Evacuating too late or choosing to remain in your home when recommended to evacuate is dangerous and may put your life at risk.

Areas near the affected location may lose services including power, water, sewerage and telephone due to flooding.

Evacuation of homes is required.

This message was issued by State Emergency Service.

MODERATE FLOOD WARNINGS

Goulburn River, Mitchell River 

FLOOD WATCH

Gippsland and parts of Northeast and central Victoria 

INITIAL MINOR FLOOD WARNING

Bunyip River, Dandenong Creek, Maribyrnong River, Werribee River 

Source: BOM



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