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HOUSES were evacuated and roads were closed when
South Gippsland experienced flash flooding as a result
of heavy rainfall last Tuesday evening.
Two of the hardest hit towns were Foster and Welshpool where
some 90mm of rain was measured in Foster overnight while
Welshpool CFA prepared a relief centre for evacuating locals.
Foster SES captain Rachael Nicolson said the unit received 13
call outs after the rain began to bucket down around 5.30pm.
“We received a call from a person at Victoria Street in Toora.
Their house backed on to an empty paddock and water was coming
into the house,” she said.
“From there, water was spread out at Point Franklin and Stock-
yard Creek where the banks were overflowing onto nearby proper-
Water rose so high in Foster’s Stockyard Creek that a foot-
bridge behind the town’s central business district was completely
“We spent about three hours assisting police with road blocks
on the South Gippsland Highway between Toora and Welshpool,”
Ms Nicolson said.
“The Welshpool Memorial Hall was set up as a relief centre for
those who wanted to evacuate and the Wilsons Promontory Motel
was offered as alternative accommodation.”
Foster deputy captain David Bartley said residents were lucky
to have not been evacuated from the area.
“We worked until 3 o’clock on Wednesday morning alongside
Leongatha Police. We doorknocked at a number of nearby resi-
dences to advise them of potential flooding,” he said.
“The water level in Stockyard Creek was so high it ran through
Foster, out and down all the way to Fullers Road.”
Yarram’s SES unit also joined in the operation.
Despite a number of recommendations, many trucks persevered
through the dangerous conditions where water was completely
covering parts of the South Gippsland Highway.
“We always send out a key message to residents and drivers
Flood damage at Welshpool
Flood falls: Leongatha’s Ron Haenel stands by Agnes Falls near Toora on Wednesday afternoon. The falls attracted many
tourists as it roared at full capacity following the extreme rainfall of last Tuesday evening.
telling them not to travel in flood conditions,” Mr Bartley said.
“Some people just do not listen.”
Around midnight, a couple and their dog were lucky to escape
injury after their car hit flood waters on a bend and veered into a
drain near Pound Creek.
In the case of a flood emergency contact SES on 132 500.
YARRAM SES volunteers
worked continuously for
72 hours during last week’s
weather event which saw in
excess of 110 mm of rain
dumped on Tuesday and
Wednesday last week.
Additional SES crews were
brought in from Leongatha, Sale and
Moe to assist the Yarram crew on
Thursday and Friday.
Yarram SES volunteers responded
to 30 calls for assistance as the low
pressure super-cell delivered wide-
spread flooding rain and damaging
winds across the region.
Events included building inunda-
tion, roof damage, rock slides, trees
across major roads and highways,
flood reconnaissance and road clo-
sures, including parts of the South
Gippsland Highway at the Franklin
River on Tuesday evening, the Albert
River and Pound Road West across
Wednesday and roads along the Bru-
then Creek at Woodside on Wednes-
day and Thursday.
Yarram’s deputy controller for
training and operations Mark Holland
reported that Yarram assisted Foster
SES on the Tuesday evening as both
Welshpool and Foster were subject
to flash flooding and preparations for
both townships were made.
“Alberton’s Victorian Hotel was
inundated with water on Thursday
morning after a pipe in the basement
burst and flooded the area with more
than two metres of water,” Mr Hol-
“SES and CFA volunteer crews
worked for around two hours to pump
the water out,” he said.
“All emergency service units in
the area have worked extremely well
during this event. The training we’ve
done across the last couple of years
and all of the cross-training with other
agencies has really shown through
over the last few days. I’d like to
thank all the members of the Yarram
SES Unit and other SES Units that
have assisted across this week. I’d
also like to thank other emergency
service units that have given support
and assistance as well.”
“As these large scale weather
events increase in frequency and
severity, we need more trained vol-
unteers. The Yarram SES Unit is
currently seeking new volunteers to
undergo general operational and spe-
cialist training. Anyone interested can
contact on Mark on 0429 925 300.
Mark and his crew will be on
standby again this week as the Yarram
district is expecting another deluge of
rain, strong winds and even snow in
the coming days.
Yarram region awash
Bridge closed: the Bruthen Creek Bridge on
Lyons Road at Woodside North had almost
one metre of water running over it during
the height of the flooding on Wednesday.
Wet : farmland was water logged as more
than 110mm of rain fell in the area in less
than 24 hours last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Flooded: the sign on Lyons Road Woodside
North said it all as the road was cut by flood
waters after 110mm rain fell in the area.
Burst water pipe: SES and CFA volunteers worked for nearly two
hours to pump 2 metres of water from the basement of the Alberton
Hotel after a water pipe burst on Thursday.
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