Victorians living beside a creek in the state’s southeast are being urged to evacuate immediately as floodwaters rise rapidly.
Emergency Management Victoria issued the alert about 10.30am on Thursday for anybody living, working and holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area in Gippsland.
It comes after a night of destructive winds and heavy rainfall battered the state, leaving thousands of Victorians without power and hundreds of trees across roads, power lines and homes.
Flooding in the Traralgon Creek is expected to impact the following routes:
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 now.
If you are located in these areas it is being urged you evacuate now.
A relief centre has been opened at Traralgon Basketball Stadium in Garibaldi Street, Traralgon.
The warning was current to 12:40pm on Thursday.
It’s expected properties may be isolated or inundated and it may be too late to leave, if anybody did not leave before 12.40pm.
Authorities have warned the floodwater is “toxic” and urged people never to play or swim in floodwater.
“Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater,” Vic Emergency said.
“If floodwater enters your home or you become isolated, move to higher ground by stepping on top of tables, chairs, benches and beds.”