Above: my footage of flash flooding
Currently Melbourne is experiencing flash flooding as the result of some very heavy rains:
Melbourne’s wet weekend has begun.
Public transport across Melbourne has been thrown into chaos as flash flooding hits the city.
Buses have replaced trains on several railway lines in the eastern suburbs, with the Sandringham line closed between South Yarra and Sandringham, the Belgrave line closed between Upper Ferntree Gully and Belgrave and the Alamein line closed between Camberwell and Alamein.
Flooding has also affected the Monash Freeway outbound at Toorak Road.
The Bureau of meteorology warns that worse are storms expected across the state this weekend.
About 50 people have been rescued from floodstruck cars, including a mother with her two young children in Lyndhurst.
A wheelchair-bound man was pulled from his flooded Mulgrave home with water around his hips and a girl clung to a tree in Ashwood until emergency crews rescued her from the torrent.
It is the long reach of Yasi:
CYCLONE Yasi’s aftermath is expected to hit Melbourne this weekend, prompting flood watch alerts for Melbourne’s rivers.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects the state to be deluged with between 50 and 100mm rain this weekend after ex-Anthony already hit Northern Victoria with 65mm.
Duty forecaster Peter Newham said there will be “decent showers and storms with potential for localised flash flooding”.
I was out last night picking up some takeaway just of Chapel Street, Prahran, when the rain started to pound down. Within minutes the streets started to flood with 1-2 feet of water.
After sitting in my car waiting for the rain to ease of I decided to start driving home. I flicked on the video on my Blackberry and captured some of the flooding as I drove .
Things didn’t seem that bad until I hit Chapel Street , where a foot of water covered most of the street. I was walking to my car when the rain started: it was like being hit by a wave. One second some drizzle, the next sheets of rain.
I drove down Chapel, noting how the water started to cover the pavements and seep into some of the shops.
I got to the the intersection with Dandenong Road and could see parts we’re flooding with up to 2+ feet of water.
Traffic lights were out everywhere while fire engines screamed past me going in all sorts of directions.
I got home to see my own street turned into a little babbling creek:
It was a good excuse for me to capture and upload some YouTube footage. Excuse how raw it is, but it was taken on my Blackberry and I converted it via Windows “My Movie”.
I’ve strung together different pieces of footage, and while it is very raw and jerky, it gives you an idea of just how much water fell in those few minutes.
For clarity: I’m not saying “climate changed flooded Chapel Street!”
However, having lived in the area for 15 years, I’ve never seen anything like it.