At least two people died after a deep low started affecting the state of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Severe weather, including torrential rain, snow, and strong winds of over 120 km/h (74 mph), prompted evacuations and rescues across the state while downed power lines left more than 200 000 homes without electricity. More heavy rain is expected on Friday and Saturday. The low is expected to slowly move away on Sunday.
- Major flood warnings are current for a few rivers in Gippsland, including the Yarra, Thompson, and Traralgon creek, with numerous minor to moderate flood warnings issued in Victoria and eastern Tasmania.
- Residents across Gippsland are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.
More than 300 mm (11.8 inches) of rain fell on parts of the region within 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10, causing rivers to rise, particularly the Traralgon Creek, where State Emergency Services (SES) issued an evacuation notice for more than 200 households.
"If you live, work, or are holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area you should evacuate now. Floodwaters are currently sitting above major flood level," SES warned.
Water levels of the creek increased from under 1 m (3 feet) to 5.8 m (19 feet) in around 12 hours between Wednesday and Thursday. The major flood level is 4.8 m (15.7 feet).
Several people had to be rescued by helicopter, including those trapped in their homes and others stranded in vehicles.
The emergency services received thousands of calls for assistance, most of which were for wind damage.
Downed power lines left more than 200 000 homes without power across the state. Ausnet's Steve Brown said this was the worst storm to impact our network in over 40 years, adding that some customers might not be back online until Sunday, June 13.
Severe Weather Video: Major #flooding continues. More rain to come. Video current 1:00pm AEST, 11 June 2021.— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) June 11, 2021
Flood Warnings continue across parts of #Victoria and #Tasmania with more rain on the way. For the latest Warnings: https://t.co/jgswIvvsT1 pic.twitter.com/2hMVrMko7I
Busy few days! Our crews have been out helping the community following the strong winds and rain this week. We’ve also had crews deployed to Gippsland and to the eastern suburbs. If you still need @vicsesnews assistance please call 132 500 #vicfloods #Vicweather #storm pic.twitter.com/QrlkVWhkTb— VICSES Essendon Unit (@VICSESEssendon) June 10, 2021
Damage at North Gardens Campground. Sadly this facility will be closed for a long time . A @BawBawCouncil assessment team will be in town tomorrow to see for themselves just how bad the damage is (it’s bad). pic.twitter.com/0dxuxbN6yf— Joban Randhawa (@iJobanRandhawa) June 10, 2021
You’ll continue to get the latest emergency warnings overnight on ABC Gippsland on 100.7 FM, 828 AM and online. From 6am, Saturday Breakfast will have the latest on the Gippsland floods pic: Jacob Backman #vicfloods #gippsnews pic.twitter.com/7eBJOso111— Jarrod Whittaker (@JarrodWhittaker) June 11, 2021
Stay safe out there Gippsland!— Shannen McDonald (@ShanMcDonaldd) June 9, 2021
More than 300 SES call outs overnight.
Multiple flood warnings across the region - it’s an evolving situation, so make sure to stay updated. #vicfloods #weather #Traralgon pic.twitter.com/Io4jjTdYSr
CCTV: This is the moment an underground carpark at the Mantra Hotel in Traralgon was flooded in just 15 minutes. Moments after, all guests were evacuated including myself and cameraman @lachie_shine @7NewsMelbourne @7NewsAustralia #vicfloods #Vicweather pic.twitter.com/2lA1xOFLbc— Cassie Zervos (@cassiezervos) June 10, 2021
Incredible flooding at Traralgon today. Dozens rescued, plucked from floodwaters by choppers. This photo by Jacob Backman shows the extent of the flooding. My son played on those tennis courts on Saturday... @abcnews pic.twitter.com/J6dpC60AjY— Kellie Lazzaro (@kellazzaro) June 10, 2021
Feeling fairly lucky to be alive after 2 giant trees came crashing into our house early this morning in the #vicstorms. It was a long night and it’s been a long day with no power or water. Incredibly grateful to the amazing @vicsesnews volunteers. pic.twitter.com/Vkj8QRjls2— David Anderson (@expensivecare) June 10, 2021
Victoria Police has confirmed two fatalities due to flooding. One was found in a vehicle submerged in floodwater in Woodside, South Gippsland.
"Officers attended and confirmed that a deceased man, possibly aged in his 60s, was with the vehicle," it reported.
"A rescue team has recovered the deceased man and the circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated."
The second fatality was identified as a 20-year-old woman, who drove in the flood to show up for work. On Friday afternoon, June 11, the police found her body inside a vehicle off Maddens Bridge Road in Glenfyne.
A major flood warning is in place for Traralgon Creek as a rapid increase in water levels is expected from Friday night, with major flooding possible from Saturday morning, June 12, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.
Widespread rain between 40 and 60 mm (1.6 and 2.4 inches), as well as gusty winds, are expected over parts of Gippsland into Saturday, likely to result in further flooding and potential damage to trees.
Featured image credit: Victoria SES