Saturday, February 05, 2011

storms across yarra ranges

In the last 24 hours the Shire of Yarra Ranges has received over 400 calls about flood/storm damage. This afternoon the Shire's MECC (Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre) was activated.

The spillway at Belgrave Lake Park was flowing at an enormous pace, Monbulk Creek has suffered significant flooding.

Roads across the shire are closed (click here for Vic Roads information) due to trees down, flooding and landslip. This is the Belgrave Gembrook Road, unpassable this morning due to trees down. I urge people to take it easy on the roads if you're out and about today.

Some roads are still flood affected, this intersection at McNicol Rd and Station St, Belgrave is not traversible

Although unconfirmed there have been reports of approximately 50 houses being impacted by flash flooding or flooding.

This pothole is over one metre deep and around ten metres long, I urge people to take great care when driving on unsealed roads in the region.

A number of landslips have been reported as well and are currently being inspected to determine the size and scale of the slips.

Areas most impacted in the Shire include Belgrave, Upwey, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Kilsyth, Healesville and Badgers Creek.

Clematis Creek, like all of our waterways, has burst its banks and is flowing across the road. Puffing Billy volunteers assisted the clean up. Happy to have something to do as Puffing Billy isn't running today due to fallen trees and landslips on the line.

Reports of damage to council infrastructure and roads are being prioritised for a response.

CFA and SES Volunteers are being kept busy with traffic management and storm damage clearance, I'm thankful for their tireless contribution to our community.

If you need to contact council please call our 24 hour call centre number on 1300 368 333.

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At 6:22 PM, Blogger Lynne Wintergerst said...

Thanks for these photos Samantha. Your reporting is always safe and true because we know you are always personally on the spot.
Lynne Wintergerst


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