Heavy rain has brought severe flooding to many parts of Melbourne.
GV PAN Flood waters
GV People being rescued from flooded homes (3 shots)
SV Flood water halfway up closed front door
SV Flood victims comforting each other
GV & SV Residents erecting sandbags (3 shots)
SV PAN Sacks giving way as water rises
GV Rescuers struggle to carry woman to safety (3 shots)
GV & SV Earth-moving equipment used to lift woman to dry ground (4 shots)
GV Man carrying son on shoulders in knee-deep water
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Background: Heavy rain has brought severe flooding to many parts of Melbourne. The suburb of Maribyrnong was one of the worst affected areas. Roads were cut off and many people were forced to leave their homes as rivers overflowed. No casualties have been reported, but several residents needed hospital treatment for minor cuts and shock. Rescue workers were kept busy for almost forty-eight hours, and earth-moving equipment was used to reach people who were left stranded. Damage to property has been put at millions of dollars. The Melbourne Weather Bureau said the rainfall was the highest recorded in October in thirty years. Almost four inches (nearly 86 mm) fell between October 15 and 17. Ironically the area is recovering from a severe drought. A spokesman for the city's Board of Works said the rain had been welcome, but more was needed if water restrictions in the coming summer months were to be avoided.