Victorian floods: Residents of Seymour, Yea evacuate now, Barnadown to Rochester move to higher ground

Emergency evacuation warnings have been issued for two townships in Victoria as torrential rain intensifies the state’s flooding crisis.

More than 1540 Victorians have called for help after more than three months of rain drenched some parts of the state on Monday.

Residents of low-lying parts of Seymour, 122km north of Melbourne, were told to “evacuate immediately” at 9pm as flooding threatened to exceed the major peak of 1993 at 6.65m.

“Even though river levels have fallen slightly, if you live, work or are holidaying in the streets listed, you should still Evacuate Immediately,” the Victorian Victoria State Emergency Service said.

“Community members should take great care when evacuating and moving around in the dark.”

A Relief Centre opened at Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre at Chittick Park has taken in local residents overnight with the safest evacuation route via Anzac Ave to Chittick Park.

“If you do not evacuate before this time, your property may be isolated or inundated with water and it may be too late to leave,” she said.

As of Monday night, no homes were flooded above floor level, however a small number of businesses did experience overfloor flooding.

Some uninhabited homes previously damaged in the Oct 2022 flood have been flooded again.

An evacuation warning in low-lying parts of nearby Yea was escalated to a “too late to leave” warning at 11.30pm.

“If you have not evacuated, you should shelter in the highest location possible,” the Victoria SES said.

Major flooding is easing along the Yea River at Devlins Bridge and peaked at 3.48m at 5.45pm, although flood levels remain above that of a single-story home.

Services such as power, water, sewerage and telephone may be lost during flooding.

Residents from Barnadown to Rochester have been urged to “move to higher ground” at 6.15am on Tuesday, as major flooding is expected to peak in Rochester Town midmorning.

Rainfall eased on Monday but the Campaspe river is at 113.5m and still rising, with floodwaters likely to rise more than a metre.

Victoria SES remind locals major roads in the are have been impacted by flooding and drivers should take care as road surface conditions may have changed.

The Midland Highway from Huntly to Elmore remains closed.

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