Missing Traralgon dog walker alert as floodwaters inundate Gippsland farmland, cut roads

Missing Traralgon dog walker alert as floodwaters inundate Gippsland farmland, cut roads

Victoria Police have urged anyone who may have seen a person and dog fall into floodwaters this morning at Traralgon to come forward.

A witness told police the person rolled up their trousers on the bank of Traralgon Creek near Whittakers Road in the state’s east, before being swept away with the dog at about 5:30am.

Police were searching the area but unable to confirm the report. Police had not received any reports of people missing in the area.

Paddocks along Lochs Creek Road, Trafalgar in West Gippsland were under water this morning.(Supplied: Brett Tonkin)

Authorities released CCTV footage of the pair in hopes of identifying the person.

Meanwhile, authorities have downgraded an emergency warning for the Moe River at Darnum in Victoria’s east.

The flooding along the river and in its catchment is mostly affecting farming areas.

Walking bridge under water at Traralgon park
Victory Park at Traralgon is flooded after heavy rain.(ABC Gippsland: Kerrin Thomas)

The river exceeded the major flood level on Monday morning and is currently at 4.38 meters and falling slowly, with the water levels dropping to a moderate flood level.

SES regional agency commander Russell Wilmot said Boolarra South had recorded 100 millimetres of rain and 94mm at Yarragon.

“On the bright side it looks like that rain is easing and we are seeing some of that water residing now,” he said


Floods worse than locals expected

Darnum dairy farmer Eddie Jefford said the flood was unlike anything he had experienced.

“This is extremely wet; we’ve been wet before but this is as wet as ever,” Mr Jefford said.

Moe River breaking his bands at Darnum
Moe River on Darnum-Allambee Road at 11am on Monday, August 15. Low lying paddocks in west Gippsland are under water, and there’s a ‘move to higher ground’ warning in place.(ABC Gippsland: Peter Somerville)

“We’ve had to move the cows to higher ground as water’s over the road and it’s completely filled my cattle underpass, so there’s no way to get my cows under the road.”

water half way up a gate to a paddock on a west gippsland farm
Little Moe River at Darnum has broken its bank and has inundated low lying farms.(ABC Gippsland: Peter Somerville)

Mr Jefford will use a pump and a tractor to remove the water from the underpass and protect livestock.