Horses have become trapped in flooding in Victoria as their owners and locals desperately try to save the animals.
Major floods have flooded the city of Mangalore and the surrounding region after central Victoria was drenched in rain all week.
The heavy wet weather hit local horse breeder Yulong Stud and flooded paddocks and nearby fields.
Horses at breeder Yulong Stud in Mangalore, Victoria, have become trapped in rising waters due to severe wet weather devastating the region
Countless horses have become entangled in the flooding and struggle to get out of the raging waters.
Owners have tried to save their Thoroughbreds by herding them out of the water.
They are using a single boat ship to rescue the animals and have called in urgent help for boats and life jackets.
Yulong Investments said in a tweet: ‘We urgently need life jackets, boats, blankets, blankets and other help that people in the Nagambie area can give us as we need to rescue some horses from flooded paddocks.’
Trucks are reportedly on their way to Mangalore to transport the rescued horses to higher ground.
According to 10 News, at least a dozen horses are still trapped in the flooding on the property.
Thoroughbred owners desperately try to save them by pulling them out of the water and using a boat
They have called for urgent help and asked for more boats, life jackets, blankets, blankets and hands to save the horses
Cities in Melbourne and central Victoria are plagued by rising water after a week of heavy rainfall.
Evacuation orders have been issued for Rochester, Wedderburn, Maribyrnong in inner Melbourne, Benalla and Carisbrook.
More than 450 properties in Rochester are expected to be affected when the swollen Campaspe River peaks.
The Victorian SES warned that the city’s flooding could be reminiscent of those in 2011, when 80 percent of the township and surrounding rural areas were submerged.
Those living in Seymour, just over an hour north of Melbourne, were told it was too late to leave on Friday morning. A shelter has opened in Wedderburn Hall.
Evacuation orders have been issued for suburbs in Victoria including Wedderburn, Maribyrnong in inner Melbourne, Benalla, Carisbrook and Rochester
Floods have engulfed the small rural town of Rochester in northern Victoria
‘It’s too late to leave now for people in the area bounded by the Goulburn River to Redbank Rd; along the Goulburn Valley Hwy to Whiteheads Creek to the railroad tracks and past the bridge over the river south,’ said VicEmergency.
“If you haven’t been evacuated, take shelter as high as possible.”
The same warning has also been issued for lo lying areas between Benalla and Baddiginnie.
Those unable to flee to safety have been told to seek shelter on the highest possible ground and ensure they have adequate food and water.
“Keep in mind that you could be isolated from flooding for a considerable time,” the warning reads.
Those living in Rochester, a small town 180km north of Melbourne, have been told to evacuate the area where the swollen Campaspe River is expected to peak early Friday morning.
On Friday morning, a Victorian family’s house is flooded
There have also been numerous warnings to move to higher elevations and avoid flooded areas around the state.
Forty-two suburbs have been declared in danger.
Brunswick, Coburg, Fitzroy and Northcote in the interior of Melbourne and Essendon, Sunshine, Footscray and Yarraville in the west are all on the list of ‘at risk neighbourhoods’.
There may be some relief for Victorians along the way, as the Bureau of Meteorology says the severe weather warning issued for the state has now been cancelled.
Scattered showers are forecast for Friday in the southern and mountain areas of the state, but the wet weather has largely eased.
But Andrew Crisp, Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, has warned that the state’s flood risk will not end after today, or even after this weekend.
He told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell that “we’ll be on this for a while,” as the state is experiencing a “campaign flood event.”
“There’s still low development, so we’ll probably see that again next Wednesday/Thursday,” he told Mitchell.