Distressingly, this is becoming a regular occurence across Australia. This time Victoria has been hit with flooding following record rainfall overnight:
Flooding on the Wimmera and Loddon rivers has exceeded Victoria’s devastating September floods after a night of torrential rain, the State Emergency Service says.
The worst flash floods in decades are expected in the Western part of the state, with over 100m anticipated:
More than 40 of the state’s weather stations have recorded their highest-ever rainfall levels.
The towns of Kyneton, Maryborough and Inglewood have all recorded their highest-ever monthly rainfall record.
Residents from Halls Gap, a town I’ve been to many times, have been evacuated:
About 100 people reportedly left Halls Gap this morning and moved to shelter in Stawell after up to 130mm of rain in the Grampians. Fears of flash flooding at Great Western, near Stawell, prompted locals to evacuate to the Seppelt Winery.
The State Emergency Service evacuated about 70 people from 30 homes in Beaufort, west of Ballarat, about 5am today amid fears a reservoir had breached its banks.
Video footage of the flooding from YouTube:
With the floods, blackouts:
About 17,000 homes are without power across the state’s west and central regions, including 2500 in Gisborne, 2100 in Ballarat and Ballan, more than 1700 in Macedon and Wood End and 1000 in Maldon.
The floods are expected to be worse than those experienced in September:
EMERGENCY crews are on standby to combat flooding expected to be worse than the devastating September floods in regional Victoria, as mudslides and flash floods hit parts of the state last night.
The SES and police warned people in the popular Grampians holiday centre of Halls Gap to evacuate, fearing the last bridge out of the town would be cut off overnight. One bridge was already under water, while mud and rocks were blocking the other road out of the town.
It is going to be a long summer.
I fear this is not the end of it.
I’ve heard reports of flooding in South Australia, anyone got an update? (Tim?)