Horrifying footage has shown a Victorian car park flood with water in just 15 minutes as the state battles one of its worst storms in decades.
Cars were pushed to the roof of the underground garage in Traralgon, in the state’s Gippsland region around 7am on Thursday when the complex was suddenly flooded.
Alarming CCTV shows the brown flood water in the garage rising to the ceiling in just a quarter of an hour, completely submerging the cars which had been parked for the day.
Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened.
Water is seen slowly spilling into the underground car park in Traralgon in Victoria’s Gippsland region on Thursday morning
Within 15 minutes the garage had completely flooded with some cars being pushed to the roof
Torrential rain and winds of up to 120km/h lashed the state overnight, with the Gippsland region and Melbourne’s outer south-east among the worst impacted areas.
The body of a man believed to be in his 60s was found in a vehicle in Woodside, Gippsland, on Thursday at about 1:45pm after a member of the public called Triple 0.
The tragedy comes as a quarter of a million homes have been plunged into darkness in the state’s worst-ever power outage as Victoria continues to be slammed by the destructive weather.
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.
A tree smashed through the roof of a house during Wednesday night’s storm in Emerald, Victoria (pictured)
A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday
Flood water seen surrounding a house in Traralgon in Victoria
Thousands of homes are expected to remain in the dark for several days with more wild weather on the way – as the VicEmergency website showed more than 2000 incidents across the state at about 8am on Thursday.
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.
SES Victoria chief Tim Wiebusch said crews had performed about a dozen rescues from motorists stranded in flood waters in Gippsland.
Local residents assess storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne on Thursday
Heavy rain inundated the Walhalla North Gardens flooding the surrounding parklands
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.
Flood waters run through Walhalla North Gardens, in Walhalla, Victoria,
‘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
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
Gippsland and parts of Northeast and central Victoria
INITIAL MINOR FLOOD WARNING
Bunyip River, Dandenong Creek, Maribyrnong River, Werribee River