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A Victoria Police spokeswoman mentioned search and rescue officers positioned a physique, believed to be that of a lacking 20-year-old Simpson girl, in floodwaters off Maddens Bridge Highway about 10.40am.

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“Whereas the physique is but to be formally recognized, police imagine it’s that of lacking girl Nina, who went lacking from Simpson on Wednesday,” the spokeswoman mentioned.

Within the state’s east, Victoria SES chief officer Tim Wiebusch mentioned the present onset of river flooding was inflicting actual concern, with the Thompson River anticipated to affect Sale in coming hours.

Mr Wiebusch mentioned emergency providers had been already within the means of relocating a close-by caravan park and door-knocking houses.

“No matter COVID restrictions, when you do end up introduced with an emergency warning or requested to evacuate you may completely depart your own home to maneuver to a safer location,” he mentioned.

On the outskirts of Melbourne, the higher reaches of the Yarra River are anticipated to see main flooding with the Healesville-Yarra Glen Highway closed on Friday.

Emergency crews rescue a woman in Olinda.

Emergency crews rescue a lady in Olinda.Credit score:Joe Armao

The racecourse and 20 properties there are anticipated to come back underneath risk, Mr Wiebusch mentioned.

Three main flood warnings stay for Traralgon Creek and the Thompson and Yarra rivers. A reasonable warning stays for the Latrobe, Mitchell and Werribee rivers, Mr Wiebusch mentioned.

Mr Wiebusch mentioned there had been the 42 flood rescues prior to now 24 hours.

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“I can’t emphasise sufficient to by no means try and drive by way of flash floodwaters,” he mentioned. “It could possibly be the final resolution you make.”

The most important problem now, Mr Wiebusch mentioned, was the Traralgon group as a result of whereas the river was receding and the Princes Freeway reopening, extra rain was forecast.

That forecast consists of 80 to 100 millimetres of rain set for the Traralgon catchments later at present and tonight when main flooding is predicted to return, Mr Wiebusch mentioned.

In Traralgon, 30 houses have already been affected by floodwaters alongside houses within the Hazlewood and Maffra areas.

“We anticipate to reissue an evacuation order once more this afternoon,” Mr Wiebusch mentioned.

Mantra Traralgon normal supervisor Andrew McDonald spoke of a “waterfall” of water pouring into the resort’s underground automobile park on Thursday morning.

“It was scary how briskly it occurred,” he mentioned. “In a matter of quarter-hour, the water had flooded the underside and was far sufficient into the higher basement automobile park that folks couldn’t entry their vehicles.”

The automobile park was nonetheless inaccessible on Thursday night time on the resort, which opened in January.

“I used to be speaking to the SES guys and so they thought this was a one-in-80-year, one-in-100-year flood. It’s unprecedented,” Mr McDonald mentioned.

An additional 15 to 25 millimetres of rain is forecast throughout the southern components of the state and into Gippsland and 40 to 60 millimetres over western and central catchments.

As of Friday morning, Mr Wiebusch mentioned 121,000 houses remained with out energy with main efforts at present underneath option to restore telecommunication providers with telephone and NBN providers nonetheless down throughout components of the AusNet footprint.

“We’re getting mills into websites however entry has been tough,” he mentioned.

The shortage of energy has stopped some faculties reopening to college students as coronavirus restrictions eased all through the state on Friday.

An aerial view of flooding in the township of Traralgon in Gippsland.

An aerial view of flooding within the township of Traralgon in Gippsland. Credit score:Blake Bourne

Warrandyte Excessive College and Anderson’s Creek Main College had been each closed. The colleges posted messages on their Fb pages on Thursday night time, saying they hoped to have electrical energy again on by Tuesday when college students returned from the Queen’s Birthday lengthy weekend. Lilydale Excessive College can be closed.

Residents of Trentham are additionally nonetheless being suggested on Friday to not drink faucet water as a result of the storm had affected entry to a water therapy plant and a burst water important.

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Two folks have misplaced their lives in floodwaters prior to now 24 hours.

On Thursday afternoon, a rescue group recovered a person’s physique within the South Gippsland city of Woodside, about 70 kilometres from Traralgon, after members of the general public reported a car nearly submerged in floodwaters. The person is believed to be aged in his 60s.

On Friday the physique of a lady, believed to be a lacking 20-year-old from Simpson referred to as Nina, was found in floodwaters following a public plea for data after she didn’t arrive at work on Wednesday.

Mr Merlino pressing residents in flood-affected areas to concentrate to any warnings.

“It was fairly extraordinary leaving house and driving by way of the Dandenongs this morning. Simply large bushes throughout houses throughout the roads,” Mr Merlino mentioned.

“If there’s an evacuation warning, please get out.”

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