UPDATE: Big dump divides town
THURSDAY 8AM UPDATE:
The Calder Highway northern entrance to Wedderburn has re-opened.
Shire staff are this morning beginning assessment of damage to roads and infrastructure.
Please be alert travelling on roads for damage and fallen trees.
A MASSIVE rain dump this evening has sent a torrent raging down the Nardoo Creek, splitting Wedderburn.
Local SES volunteers were at times unable to leave their local headquarters as street after street running parallel to Main Street was cut.
The raging Nardoo Creek only a few days ago was dry. Tonight the waters are carrying branches and timber and damaging safety fencing in the town.
Loddon Shire had to call in work crews from Pyramid Hill to erect road closed and flood warning signs on the eastern side of Main Street. Wedderburn-based crews placed signs to the creek’s west.
And several businesses had water cascading through their shops as close to 100mm was dumped on the town in under an hour. At its heaviest, rain covered sections of Main Street.
Wedderburn’s northern Calder Highway entrance tonight remains closed.
Flood waters at the southern end of town have started to recede but water remains over the road as it does at the southern entrance to Inglewood and near Glenalbyn and Kurting.
Police, SES crews and council staff have monitored floodwaters across the Loddon since the first alerts were issued on the Emergency Victoria website and app soon after 5pm.
Loddon police and SES were also called to a road rescue on the Bridgewater-Serpentine road at Salisbury West about 5.55pm after an accident that saw a car stop in a flood section of the road. Police said the driver was safely rescued. A tow truck was on the scene to remove the vehicle.
Flooding has also been reported around Newbridge, Tarnagulla, Serpentine and other Loddon towns.
While the risk of flash flooding to Wedderburn was removed at 7.11pm, tonight the Calder Highway remains closed and creek waters still rage.
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