Flash flood­ing hits Mel­bourne

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - ANDI YU

FLASH floods caused havoc for some in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, with sud­den tor­rents turn­ing back­yards, sub­ur­ban streets and ponds into gush­ing rivers.

An af­ter­noon Christ­mas party at a Pak­en­ham hous­ing es­tate in the city’s outer south­east was called off when heavy rain­fall halted cel­e­bra­tions.

Party or­gan­iser Saman­tha Thorpe said a lit­tle pond nearby be­came “like a rag­ing river”.

“It has never hap­pened like this be­fore,” Ms Thorpe said.

Just as amaz­ingly, she said, within an hour of the del­uge, the wa­ter had drained away and the sun was shin­ing, as if it hadn’t hap­pened.

A gen­eral se­vere thun­der­storm warn­ing re­mains in place for most of the state – Cen­tral, East Gipp­s­land, South West, North Cen­tral, West and South Gipp­s­land, Wim­mera, parts of the Mallee and North­ern Coun­try dis­tricts.

Thun­der­storms lash­ing parts of Vic­to­ria re­sulted in up to 13mm of rain­fall ev­ery five min­utes in the early hours of yes­ter­day and a se­vere weather warn­ing is also in place for parts of Vic­to­ria in­clud­ing Shep­par­ton, Sey­mour, Castle­maine, Kyne­ton, Bal­larat and Wan­garatta.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Com­mis­sioner An­drew Crisp said weather was wide­spread.

“There weren’t too many parts of the state that have been spared the im­pact of the weather event we’ve seen over the past 48 hours,” he said

A flooded road in Mel­bourne

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