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Gippsland's wild weather not over yet as major flood warnings loom

By Rio Davis, Saturday November 13, 2021 - 05:25 AEDT
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More rain is expected across East Gippsland, with major flood warnings issued for the Mitchell River at Bairnsdale.  - ABC

Authorities have issued a†major flood warning for the Mitchell River at Glenaladale in†Victoria's east, with the river expected†to peak at 5.2 metres this afternoon.†


The river catchment has received 70 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours, with isolated areas such as Reeves†Knob receiving 116 mm.†


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning major flooding is possible at Bairnsdale on Saturday evening.


"As we watch that water move downstream, [there is] minor flooding at Bairnsdale this morning.†moving to moderate or possibly major flooding this evening,"†forecaster Paul Lainio said.


"In the broader context, conditions are improving;†the low [pressure system]†is moving away and the heavier falls should gradually ease.†


"We'll see some further showers [tomorrow], with cold winds and hail on coastal areas, with snow expected down to around 1,000 metres or so."


There is†also a minor flood warning for the Snowy River and Traralgon Creek.†


Anthony McLean, regional manager†with the State Emergency Service, said he had received 17 call-outs overnight, including for the rescue†of three people from the top of a car after they tried to drive through floodwaters.†


"They were stranded in a creek bed. It's all a happy story now but it could've been quite devastating," he said.†


"It's been either the busiest or second busiest year on record the SES;†the last event in June was the busiest we've ever been," he said.†







- ABC

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