, Traralgon evacuates again with more flooding fears, Nzuchi Times

Traralgon evacuates again with more flooding fears

, Traralgon evacuates again with more flooding fears, Nzuchi Times

An evacuation order has been renewed for Traralgon Creek, with major flooding possible from this afternoon.

The warning comes as over 64,000 households around Victoria still remain without power as wild storms and floods continue to batter the state.

Everyone in the Traralgon Creek area must evacuate and travel to a safe location away from flooding.

A relief centre is open at the Traralgon Basketball Stadium, in Garibaldi St, Traralgon.

Rainfall totals of 5-15mm are forecast for the Traralgon Creek catchment during Saturday.

Renewed rises are now occurring in the upper catchment of the creek, with minor to moderate flooding likely to develop this morning.

WOMAN DIES IN FLOODS

A second Victorian is believed to have died in floodwaters.

The body of a missing 20-year-old woman was discovered by search and rescue police on Friday.

Her body was found in floodwaters in Glenfyne, near Cobden, about 10.40am.

Nina Barake went missing from Simpson on Wednesday.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are yet to be determined but police are not treating it as suspicious,” a police statement said.

Friends of Ms Barake have posted tributes online.

“She meant the world to me, she was just so incredible,” one friend said.

Others described Nina as “one of a kind” and a “gorgeous” girl.

Ms Barake was with her four beloved dogs at the time of her death.

The Barake family are well known within the Simpson area, with Nina’s father, Joe Barake, running his own handyman company.

FLOOD WARNINGS FOR VICTORIAN RIVERS

Several moderate and minor flood warnings are now in place around Victoria.

A moderate flood warning has been issued for Latrobe River, Thomson River and the Yarra River.

This means flooding will inundate low-lying areas, main traffic routes may be impacted, and an evacuation of affected areas could be necessary.

In rural areas, the removal of stock is required.

Minor flood warnings have also been issued for the Avon River, Bunyip River, Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River, Snowy River, Werribee River.

An initial flood watch has also been issued for parts of Gippsland.

VICTORIANS CALL FOR HELP

A Victoria State Emergency Service spokesperson said over 8100 requests for assistance have been made since Wednesday.

The busiest crews are in Lilydale, Emerald, Woodend, Maroondah and Frankston.

The spokesperson said current COVID-19 movement restrictions do not apply to people affected by Victoria’s floods.

“We are telling people who are impacted by the current floods they can travel more than 25 kilometres,” the spokesperson said.

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