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Volunteers from the State Emergency Service have been out in dinghies helping people cut off by floodwaters in the Gippsland town of Traralgon this morning.

Houses near Whittaker’s Road have been evacuated and access to some areas have been cut off, with waters continuing to rise.

Traralgon creek at Traralgon has reached 5.76m, well above the major flooding levels of 4.8m. Water is not expected to recede to below major flooding levels until this evening.

This video shows SES crews coming in to assist residents near the Traralgon showgrounds.

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Flood in Traralgon #melbourneweather

June 10, 2021

The showgrounds and reserve, which also house the football grounds, are completely flooded.

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Traralgon Showgrounds currently under water

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June 10, 2021

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Closer view of the flood waters at the Traralgon Showgrounds

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June 10, 2021

The Traralgon and Districts Agricultural Society says the flooding has impacted works to renovate the agricultural pavilion.

“Yes, there’s going to be damage, and a mammoth clean up,” they said in a Facebook post.

Works in the agricultural pavilion are obviously halted, and we will need to assess the damage when we can access the site. It’s frustrating and heartbreaking. But we’re no strangers to hard work and that’s what insurance is for. We’ll find a way.

Flood waters have also impacted facilities used by the Gippsland ranges roller derby and by Traralgon men’s shed.

Dozens of roads in Gippsland are closed due to flood waters. The Princes Highway at Grey Street, near the McDonald’s, is under water and closed to traffic. Brown Coalmine Road, from Yallorn to Tyers going past the Yallorn North open cut coalmine, is closed at Tyers Creek.

Emergency services have repeatedly asked people not to drive across flooded roads. The SES has has already conducted dozens of flood rescues, and they divert resources away from evacuations.

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Flood stranded car on Hyland Hwy Traralgon, driver was rescued hours before I took this. Car travelling in direction of Loy Yang power station

June 10, 2021