7 Sep 2010

Flooding worsens in Victoria

10:24 am on 7 September 2010

The threat of further flooding forced residents of several towns in the Australian state of Victoria to spend Monday night in emergency accommodation.

The ABC reports that almost the entire state is affected. More than 300 people have left their homes since Saturday. Dozens of roads are closed.

The State Emergency Service says its biggest concern is the town of Shepparton, where up to 200 homes could be affected by flooding from the Broken and Goulburn rivers.

At nearby Wangaratta, dozens of residents spent the night in emergency accommodation after 60 homes near a weak stopbank were evacuated.


A large part of southern New South Wales has also been declared a natural disaster zone after a storm along the coast on Sunday.

The area includes the Illawarra and Wollongong, the Shoalhaven on the south coast, the far south coast and Riverina.

The ABC reports it could be two days before power is restored in some areas.