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Absolute carnage as snow batter parts of Australia, 1 dead

Christian Fernsby |
Wild weather has caused "absolute carnage" across parts of Victoria and worse could be still to come, with evacuation warnings for areas where floodwaters are rapidly rising.

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Topics: AUSTRALIA   

Emergency authorities are strongly recommending residents, workers and holiday-makers near Traralgon Creek evacuate after parts of west Gippsland recorded rainfall totals over 270mm.

With flooding expected to impact more than 220 homes, people have been told to travel to a safe location such as a family member or friend's home.

A relief centre has been set up at the Traralgon Basketball Stadium for those with nowhere to go.

Traralgon Creek has risen to nearly six metres, although it is expected to fall below the major flood level of 4.8 metres this evening.

The SES has responded to more than 5000 calls for help and it's expected to take days to clear the backlog.

Most of the calls were for fallen trees, though there were some for flash flooding and building damage.

The wild weather has left more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power, closed major roads and suspended train services.

A man has died in flood waters in south-eastern Victoria after heavy rain and flooding swept across the Gippsland region.

Police confirmed on Thursday evening that a man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead in Woodside in South Gippsland.

A member of the public alerted emergency services on Thursday afternoon to a vehicle that had been found “almost submerged” in flood waters, police said in a statement. Officers attended the scene and confirmed that a man had died.


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