Emergency services have rescued residents from low lying areas of Traralgon, as floodwaters rise rapidly and inundate homes.
- Thousands of homes are without power and the provider says it’s too dangerous to try and carry out repairs
- The SES has carried out at least a dozen rescues and says there are plenty more people in need of help
- An evacuation centre has been set up
The Traralgon Creek, which flows through the town, has caused major flooding and emergency authorities have ordered residents from about 200 homes to leave.
The State Emergency Service has issued an evacuation order for low-lying parts of the Latrobe Valley town.
Traralgon resident Gemma Moran evacuated her home in a small boat with her six-week-old baby and three-year-old daughter, Annie.
“My partner and daughter came in and woke me up and said, ‘You need to look outside the window’.
“I said, ‘I’m half asleep, leave me alone.’ But they said, ‘No – you need to look outside.’
“And our whole court was under already,” she said.