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Tapped man rescued from floodwaters

Friday June 14, 2013 - 19:30 EST
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Residents have returned home after the Traralgon Creek peaked below major flood level. - ABC

Emergency services have rescued a man trapped in floodwater in Central Gippsland.

The man and his two dogs were trapped on the roof of a four wheel drive in dense bushland near the Thomson Dam, in Central Gippsland.

It is believed the vehicle stalled as it drove through water around 1.5 metres deep.

The air rescue wing was called to the scene but could not access the area because of poor visibility.

Local police and State Emergency Services (SES) made several attempts to rescue the man.

Eventually a Helimed helicopter was brought in and winched the man to safety.

Earlier this week police warned they would prosecute anyone who drove through floodwaters.

Meanwhile the emergency services are shifting resources to East Gippsland to prepare for more rain and flooding.

An incident control centre has been set up at Bairnsdale, as the weather system intensified over East Gippsland.

The east coast low pressure system has dropped up to 270 millimetres in areas of West, South and Central Gippsland over the last three days.

More heavy rain is expected from Bairnsdale to the east of the state, threatening to flood the rich vegetable growing areas on the Mitchell River.

Roads are closed at Traralgon and Heyfield and the South Gippsland Highway is cut near Yarram.

Last night, Traralgon residents were advised to evacuate their homes without serious flooding.

Anna Larkin from the State Emergency Service (SES) says people planning to visit the area on the weekend need to take extreme care.

"If people are coming down for the weekend to go four wheel driving be aware that the hills are extremely dangerous to drive in," he said.

The rain has ended in Melbourne and senior forecaster Scott Williams says the winter weather is here to stay.

"We're going to see this big low in the Tasman hang around for many days," he said.

"We'll be in south to south-easterlies all the way through. So there's no mild weather to come. In fact next week it gets colder."

Anyone requiring storm or emergency help can call the SES on 132 500.


- ABC

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