Victorian emergency authorities have apologised to a community in eastern Victoria for issuing a flood evacuation order too late.
- Traralgon Creek peaked at 5.76 metres at 9am on Thursday, June 10
- Residents say water was gushing through residential streets by 6:30am
- However authorities did not issue an evacuation order until 10:30am
Residents say the Traralgon Creek broke its banks about 6:30am last Thursday and within 10 minutes water was gushing through streets.
An evacuation order was not issued for another four hours.
Traralgon's John Papenburg lives in George Street near the creek, and said when he got up about 6:00am "the creek was fairly well ready to spill".
"It came up in about 10 to 15 minutes," he said.
"I did alert the neighbour. They had cars parked on the street, but unfortunately by stopping to help others we lost a car in the process," he said.
Warning issued too late
At a community meeting on Sunday, emergency authorities revealed almost 600 properties were hit by last week's storm, with about 140 damaged, including 60 homes in Traralgon with structural damage.
On Wednesday evening, a moderate flood warning was predicted for Traralgon Creek.