Flooding ousts van park residentsTuesday July 23, 2013 - 11:38 EST
Campers have been evacuated from a Wangaratta caravan park which was flooded after heavy rain over the weekend.
The Painters Island Caravan Park, on the banks on the Ovens River, will remain closed until at least the beginning of next week when it is hoped the water will have subsided.
The park's manager, Shane Downie, says the flooding took some by surprise.
"The water came in and unfortunately there was about four people we had to rescue out of cabins that the water came in too quickly and too deep for them to get out," he said.
He says he is hoping for clear skies for the rest of the week.
"So long as we get no rain by the end of the week we would hope that within five days we'll be able to get in there and get the water out of the park," he said.
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Queensland's first cyclone of the season poses no immediate threat to the coast but may whip up dangerous swells for south-east beaches early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.
The Cloncurry Shire Council in north-west Queensland has received more than $800,000 in State Government funding to address the town's stormwater drainage issues.
Backyards in Queanbeyan and parts of Canberra have been covered with "golf-ball sized" hailstones and the roof of a supermarket has partially collapsed after a storm hit the region.