Chaos in Cardinia

Pakenham SES volunteers received around 30 requests for assistance before 8am on Friday.

By Jessica Anstice and Mitchell Clarke

A deluge of rain and hail caused chaos in Cardinia with properties flooding, trees falling and cars crashing over the weekend.

Pakenham SES volunteers received around 30 requests for assistance before 8am on Friday, meaning volunteers failed to rest as jobs would continue to come through during the wet and wild weather.

A spokesperson from SES Pakenham Unit said they were receiving calls from Beaconsfield to Longwarry and everywhere in between.

Volunteers responded to trees down over roads, car crashes requiring rescues, damaged homes and raging floodwaters.

In Tooradin, a garage was blown 100 metres away, coming to rest in a neighbouring tree while in Longwarry, floodwater threatened homes.

Meanwhile, a car was damaged after a tree fell on it in Pakenham Upper.

On the roads, volunteers responded to three serious car crashes, with the first occurring just before noon on Friday 9 August on Kooweerup Road involving a truck and a car.

Victoria Police is seeking any witnesses to this incident.

On the morning of Saturday 10 August, just after 8.30am, services were called to a crash in

Garfield while another collision took place that night at 7.40pm on Beaconsfield-Emerald Road.

Prior to the event, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning for a number of regions across the state including West and South Gippsland.

The warning suggested damaging winds averaging 60 to 80km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100km/h in some parts of the state.


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