Flash flood­ing ma­roons campers

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

HUN­DREDS of campers are be­ing flown out of Wil­son’s Promon­tory but many may have to spend an­other night in the flooded park.

Flash flood­ing and land­slides have trapped the campers and Darby Bridge lead­ing into the camp­site at Tidal River has been washed away fol­low­ing tor­ren­tial rain on Tues­day night in east­ern Vic­to­ria.

Ed­die Wrightof Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria said 167 peo- ple had so far been res­cued from the park by he­li­copter and flown to an air­field in Yanakie and then trans­ported by bus to Fos­ter.

But while three he­li­copters will work un­til night­fall on get­ting peo­ple out of the park, some may need to spend one more night.

‘‘ We are go­ing to con­tinue work­ing un­til last light tonight,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘ ‘ If the weather holds, hope­fully we’ll move them all tonight, we may not be suc­cess­ful in that.’’ Mr Wright said emer­gency serv i cepers on­nel­were pri­ori­tis­ing campers and those in the best lo­ca­tions with the best sup­plies may be re­quired to spend Wed­nes­day night in the park, which re­ceived 370mm of rain overnight.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body is safe and dry on high ground, it’s just a mat­ter now of mov­ing the peo­ple that are least able to sup­port them­selves for an­other day and night,’’ he said. Mr Wright said there were al­most 400 campers at Wil­son’s Promon­tory, mostofthemhigh­schoo l stu­dents.

Mal­la­coota, in the far east­ern cor­ner of the state, re­ceived 123mm of rain in the space of just a few hours, and the only road into town was closed.

The SES took about 100 calls for help from res­i­dents of Moe and Fos­ter, while at Fish Creek, res­i­dents of five homes were evac­u­ated.

DAM­AGED: The Darby River bridge col­lapsed af­ter flash flood­ing at Wil­son’s Promon­tory

Photo: MIKE KEAT­ING

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