Debris tangled around a footbridge on a walking track beside Traralgon Creek. Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia
Moderate flooding remains from Latrobe River Yallourn to Traralgon Creek, where the river level is expected to remain above 5 metres during the day.
Authorities issued a stern warning to those who had, or are thinking about, driving into dangerous flood waters to escape the storms.
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“I do not know how many times we have to tell people that it is unsafe, that is how people die,” Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner’s Andrew Crisp said.
“Whilst we had to devote resources to actually do that (rescue people who drove into floodwaters) … there needed to be a focus on the evacuation itself, so there was a gap there.”
No significant rainfall is forecast in the region for the remainder of Sunday.
A moderate flood warning has also been issued for the Yarra River from Millgrove to Coldstream.
People in the area are being advised to stay away from damaged and flooded buildings, fallen or damaged trees and powerlines, and damaged roads until authorities advise they are safe.
A massive clean up effort is underway in flood affected regions around Victoria, with over 340 SES crews now active across the state.
Flood victim Nina Barake.Source:Supplied
Brian Gilliland, with his dog Pee.Source:News Corp Australia
Two Victorians are believed to have died in the disaster.
On Friday, the body of a missing 20-year-old woman was discovered by search and rescue police, believed to be Nina Barake who tragically went missing from the town of Simpson on Wednesday.
Her body was found in floodwaters in Glenfyne, near Cobden, about 10.40am.
On Thursday, Brian Gilliland was found dead inside his car, which was almost submerged in floodwaters in the south Gippsland town of Woodside.
The Victorian government has reminded residents to stay out of floodwaters, with the risk of diseases including gastrointestinal infections and hepatitis A as well as the dangers of water being deeper and faster-flowing than it appears.
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