• Short Summary

    Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the Australian state of Victoria after the worst floods since 1956 swept through the state.

  • Description

    Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the Australian state of Victoria after the worst floods since 1956 swept through the state.

    The floods, which have caused havoc throughout the state for the past week (14-21 May), followed exceptionally heavy rain. The state's two major river systems, the Goulburn and the Murray, both burst their banks in dozens of places causing damage running into millions of dollars.

    In the worst hit area, north-eastern Victoria, more than five hundred families were forced from their homes. Another three hundred were evacuated from the small town of Wangaratta after the Owens River flooded and in Myrtleford another one hundred families were moved to high ground for safety.

    And in a reversal of nature the swollen Murray River began flowing backwards towards the town of Eucha after heavy flooding in the southern reaches prevented fresh floodwater from escaping onto low-lying countryside.

    Meanwhile school schildren in the town were working alongside exhausted civil defence workers to build a six mile (ten kilometre) sandbag dyke to hold the floodwaters back.

    In the state capital, Melbourne, severe flooding forced the evacuation of some families in the northern suburb of Maribyrnong. More than a thousand sheep were drowned when floodwaters swept through a suburban abbatoir.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2A0ZR3U0GRITL4PV0N4PMR2FD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2A0ZR3U0GRITL4PV0N4PMR2FD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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