Flash flooding maroons campers
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