The sweep in Melbourne continues after the city was hit with heavy thunderstorms yesterday afternoon, causing flash floods and damage to several houses.
Just after 4 p. M., The intense rain hit the city and lasted all the rush hour until about 7 p. M.
A large sump opened in Keilor just after 9 p.m. and it continued to widen when the Essendon SES volunteers arrived.
Incident controller Kevin Carlisle-Stapleton said the big hole is about 10 meters in diameter and 15 meters deep.
He said the debris was still falling by the edges when the equipment arrived.
The SES team worked with the Victoria, Melbourne Water and Moonee Valley city police to assess and secure the scene, and left just before midnight.
The incident is now a matter of the Moonee Valley council.
The residents of the house did not need to be evacuated and are sure to stay in the house, said Carlisle-Stapleton.
The SES responded to a total of 580 events as a result of the thunderstorms.
The most affected areas were in the north and northeast of Melbourne, an SES spokesman said.
Residents of a housing installation in St Albans had to be evacuated and relocated due to flooding in multiple units.
Most of the incidents to which the SES responded were cases of damage to buildings, followed closely by trees that fell on roads, cars and property.
Even floods were seen on public transport.
St Albans recorded the highest rainfall at 77 mm, while Avalon received 49.4 mm and Keilor 44.8.
EPA’s chief applied scientist, Leon Metzeling, said it was better not to swim on Melbourne’s beaches or rivers after the storm, and it would be wise to keep the dogs out for a day or two.
Metzling told 3AW that stormwater after rain often contained bacteria, oils, gasoline and metals.
Conditions will improve, but in the meantime, EPA has registered poor water quality on Bayside beaches in the interior of Melbourne.
In general, Mr. Metzling said that the possibility of any serious problem with the water is “quite low.”
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But unfortunately, the areas affected by forest fires did not receive as much rain as Melbourne.
In East Gippsland, Mallacoota had no rainfall, and Rose Hill, near Bairnsdale, only registered 0.6 mm.
In the northeast, Bright and Harrietville did not register rains and Myrtleford only received 0.6 mm.
Rain is expected to reach the northeast and east of Gippsland as of today, but they will not see the severity of the storms that Melbourne had yesterday.
The location of the rain that falls will be “a bit unpredictable,” according to BOM.
The storms also improved the smoke mist that Melbourne has been covering in recent days.
“The smoke had a positive impact but is still present,” an office spokesman said.
The mist has risen thanks to an air flow from the southern Southern Ocean.
Bushfire smoke has shifted south, with reports that it is now located on the Bass Strait and in parts of Tasmania.
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Yesterday, the visibility of the Melbourne airport was as limited as 1500m, which has improved to 10km today.
Air quality in the CBD yesterday was classified as “dangerous” during the night, then “poor” and “very poor” throughout the day. Today, it is considered “moderate.”