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Flood warning issued around Elsternwick Canal as wild weather hits Melbourne

Heavy rain has caused havoc in Victoria on Thursday.

A flood warning has been issued for the Elster Creek / Elsternwick Canal area. Water levels have reached 2.8m and are expected to rise.

Residents are being urged to act now to protect themselves.

This video was taken by 3AW online reporter Julian Price.

Julian told Mark Hawthorne he’s never seen anything like it.

Homes have flooded in several suburbs, including Balaclava, Port Melbourne, Sunbury, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Malvern East, Middle Park, and Southbank.

Box Hill soccer ground.

Box Hill soccer ground. Photo: Paul Brooks

Flooding in Thomastown, from Gus.

Flooding in Thomastown, from Gus. Photo: Twitter / @IHAB1204x4

Photos from Reservoir.

Photos from Reservoir. Photo: Alicia Byrne

Flooding in Reservoir.

Flooding in Reservoir. Photo: Alicia Byrne

Photo: Wayne Buchner

Several roads have been affected by the weather, including:

  • Don road in Healesville, at the corner of St Margarets road, where a tree that has fallen across the road. 
  • Buckley and Victoria streets in Footscray, where flooding has caused traffic delays
  • Geelong road and Gordon street, also in Footscray.
  • The Dudley Street underpass in Docklands, where drivers are stuck due to flooding. 

VicRoads is advising drivers to seek alternative routies in these areas, to slow down, and not to drive through flood waters.

The CFA has confirmed that some Bayside suburbs are experiencing flash flooding. 

The SES are attending instances of fallen trees in Lorne, Emerald, and Toorak.