Elderly evacuate aged-care facility as flood waters hit northern Victoria

Flash flooding and heavy rainfall caused havoc for emergency services in Victoria in February, when 260 calls for assistance were received by the SES.

Patients from an aged-care hostel in Victoria’s north had to be evacuated after it flooded during the severe storms.

Goulburn Valley Health spokeswoman Michelle Frenkel said that seven people had to be relocated from the Waranga Aged Care Hostel in Rushworth after water came up over floorboards.

SES spokesman Toby Borella said that the areas of Rushworth, Kialla and Shepparton experienced lots of activity in the wake of the storms.

Building damage and flooding of properties were the main callouts, with some callers requesting sandbags and for assistance with collapsed and leaking roofs.

A taxi driver was assisted by crews when he became trapped in flash flooding with a passenger in the back of the vehicle.

Six properties and six businesses in Rushworth, 157km north of Melbourne, reported flooding, and there were 32 call outs for flooding and building damage in Shepparton.