Victoria floods: Maribyrnong clean-up begins


“Low-cost stuff, costly stuff, it’s all the identical,” she stated. “It’s all the identical color. I hate brown any more.”

Luong stated the water had come up so shortly they hardly had time to arrange.


Authorities issued a watch and act alert for low-lying areas alongside the Maribyrnong River at 9pm on Thursday. By 2.30am on Friday the alert had been upgraded to a significant flood warning as water ranges continued to surge.

At 5am, Victoria’s State Emergency Companies started doorknocking properties telling individuals to evacuate instantly. By then the water had reached most properties, together with Luong’s.

A layer of silt and scattered private belongings lined the ground of her two-storey residence on Saturday. Mattresses sat atop tables, an try to guard them from the water.

The floodwater had are available in with such pressure it lifted the fridge and left it on its again. By some means, household images caught to the door have been nonetheless intact.

Luong stated her household had misplaced every little thing, together with the meals, garments and the pram for her seven-month-old child: “I want to purchase every little thing and begin once more like I’ve simply arrived to Australia.”

Inside Luong’s Oakland Street home after the flood.

Inside Luong’s Oakland Road residence after the flood. Credit score:Marta Pascual Juanola

Down the road, Joe Fakhri had enlisted the assistance of his son and brother-in-law to wash up his household residence. He estimated the flood had brought about $600,000 price of injury.

Water inundated their leisure space on the bottom flooring, damaging an industrial-grade kitchen, an indoor pool, memorabilia and his son Christian’s work instruments. Three of the household’s automobiles have been submerged.

Fakhri and his household gathered upstairs, providing shelter to neighbours because the water surged on Friday. He stated the SES had rescued a handful of individuals from the roof of his carport.

Many long-term locals stated that they had watched the river rise and fall a number of instances through the years with out flooding properties. They anticipated the identical Friday morning, regardless of warnings to evacuate. That proved to be a mistake.

Steve Rodger has lived in Oakland Road for 14 years, just a few blocks from the river.

“I’ve seen it 5 instances now. [You think] ‘it’s not going to occur’.”

His companion, Ange, nodded. “It went so shortly, although.”

In a matter of minutes, Rodger discovered himself “in water that’s six ft deep, swimming my daughter’s garments and nappies throughout the highway”.

A crab on Chifley Drive in Maribyrnong.

A crab on Chifley Drive in Maribyrnong.Credit score:Scott McNaughton

Chifley Drive, which runs alongside the bends of the river, had been remodeled from bitumen right into a muddy wetland full with scurrying red-shelled crabs on Saturday morning.

“They stated it was average. And I believed, OK, average possibly midway up the drive. However that’s not average,” stated Peter Whelan, indicating the waterline midway up his wall.

A BMW parked within the storage was utterly submerged; Whelan estimated no less than $120,000 price of injury had been completed.

Whelan’s home is considered one of about 80 considerably broken by floodwaters, Maribyrnong Mayor Anthony Tran stated.

Flemington Racecourse, in the meantime, remained largely dry, with floodwaters diverted by a flood wall constructed 15 years in the past.

Tran stated he didn’t know if the wall contributed to the flooding in his ward.

“I don’t know what their technique was, and I’m positive it was to protect the racecourse – and honest play to them,” he stated.

“However the extra land there may be to soak up the water, the much less water there may be within the space.”


After ensuring his household was safely on excessive floor, Rodger turned again and waded by means of his flooded home to a storage out the again to discover a priceless memento, his dad’s $20 watch.

He discovered it, however the water was beginning to choose furnishings up off the bottom.

“Subsequent factor I used to be caught in right here with a f—ing fridge blocking the door.”

Out the entrance, the household’s 4 automobiles have been destroyed. Ange sorted by means of possessions that had been turned over by the flood, discovering a wardrobe destroyed however a go well with jacket one way or the other utterly dry.

Rodger, in the meantime, hunted for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey he knew he’d left down right here earlier than discovering it smashed on the ground.

“They even took the Jack!” he yelled, because the liquid inside mingled with the floodwater.

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