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Storm keeps SES busy

Published 28/05/2012

The State Emergency Service (SES) relocated residents from two properties and a caravan park after Friday’s storm caused flooding in West Gippsland over the weekend.

 Heavy rainfall and damaging winds struck the south west, central and south Gippsland regions of Victoria on Friday, and while the storm had largely eased by Saturday, parts of Gippsland saw continual flooding as run-off from higher ground moved through the catchments. Rural inundation of farmlands will continue in these areas for some days.

SES was kept busy by minor flooding, rural inundation, property isolation and road closures, as well as trees felled by winds causing traffic hazards.

Between midnight Thursday and midday today, 853 requests for assistance were received, including:

  • 173 due to flooding,
  • 201 for building damage,
  • 387 about trees down/traffic hazards
  • 25 rescues

These calls were answered by 128 volunteers working in 16 units.

All river systems are receding now, but multiple roads remain closed in the Gippsland region, with several vehicles and their drivers being rescued from floodwater since Saturday.

Remember: never drive, ride, walk or play in floodwater!