Victorian communities under siege from rising floodwaters will have barely any time to recover, with more heavy rainfall expected and another evacuation order on the way. Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia
Victorian communities under siege from rising floodwaters will have barely any time to recover, with more heavy rainfall expected and another evacuation order issued.
Anyone living, working or holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area has again been urged to evacuate, with the alert issued at 12.21pm on Friday.
Victoria Emergency has warned “major flooding” is possible in the town of Traralgon on Friday night and into Saturday.
The Traralgon Creek is currently below the minor flood level, but renewed rapid river level rises were expected as more rain falls on Friday afternoon.
Flooding is expected to impact: Milton Crt, Tennyson St, Moonabeal Crt, Booth Crt, Whittakers Rd between Shakespear St and Princes St, Davidson St from the Traralgon Creek to Peterkin St, Willow Crt, George St, Berry St, Peterkin St, Munro St between George St and Peterkin St, Couchs Lane.
The warning was current to 2.30pm on friday – “If you do not evacuate before this time, your property may be isolated or inundated and it may be too late to leave,” Vic Emergency said.
It’s the second evacuation order in 24 hours after residents from about 200 homes in Traralgon wereforced to flee about 10.30am on Thursday.
A relief centre was set up at the Traralgon basketball stadium.
An evacuation order was issued for those who live, work or were holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area on June 10.Source:Supplied
But Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer of operations Tim Wiebusch on Friday said there was no respite on the way just yet.
“The challenge for the community and Traralgon is that while the water has receded and the Princes Highway is open, we do expect up to another 100mm of rain later today and throughout the night,” he told reporters.
“The advice that we have is that it will result in a renewed major flooding, and we do expect to be reissuing an evacuation order for those communities sometime early this afternoon.”
Traralgon floodwater cut off roads and homes. Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia
Mr Wiebusch said weather forecasters were likely to see another 15-25mm of rain across the southern parts of Victoria and into Gippsland, and 40-60mm across the western and central catchments.
“We can’t emphasise enough, stay in touch with your emergency broadcast, get the latest information from the VicEmergency website, and stay in touch with the Vic traffic website for latest road closures.”
SES crews have responded to 7400 requests for help in the past 48 hours, as strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall battered the state on Wednesday night and throughout Thursday.
It caused hundreds of trees to fall across power lines, leaving 121,000 households across Victoria still without power.
And it could take days for power to be restored to some homes.
Power supplier AusNet warned it may not be until next week that some homes were reconnected after the network suffered extensive damage.
SES crews have responded to 7400 requests for help in the past 48 hours. Picture: David Crosling / NCA NewsWireSource:News Corp Australia
Meanwhile, the tap water in Trentham – the town west of Melbourne that was completely cut off by fallen trees – was warned to be undrinkable.
“What we will see in the next 24 hours in terms of the flooding is threats on the Thompson River at Sale, with 30 properties that have already been door knocked and will likely come in threat of flooding there,” Mr Wiebusch said.
“On the outskirts of Melbourne, in the upper reaches of the Yarra River, we are also going to see major flooding.
“The Melba Highway and the road from Healesville to Yarra Glen has been closed this morning.
“We expect to see the latter of floodwater come through the flood plain. That will see the likes of the racecourse, and around 20 other properties, come under threat from those flood waters.”