. . . While The City Gets A Bucketing During A Wild Day

The Age

Friday December 21, 2007

By Dewi Cooke and Martin Boulton

HEAVY rain and thunderstorms lashed Melbourne yesterday, swamping streets and creating havoc for commuters.

The State Emergency Service received 850 calls for help, most of them in the south-eastern suburbs where the wildest weather hit.

Lyndhurst, in Melbourne's south-east, received the most rain, 42 millimetres. Nearly 40 millimetres fell at Moorabbin Airport and more than 36 millimetres at the Scoresby weather station. The city received about 15 millimetres.

Motorists abandoned cars in flooded York Street, South Melbourne, and Mordialloc police station was temporarily closed due to roof leaks.

The wild weather caused havoc for Melbourne commuters as peak-hour train services were shut down across the network.

Major delays occurred when the line between Flinders Street and Caulfield flooded, preventing trains from travelling further south-east towards Sandringham, Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne.

Connex spokesman John Rees said some signals went down during the storm and debris from trees also littered railway lines, causing more delays.

Commuters were ferried by buses between stops and trains had to be re-routed to prepare for this morning's rush hour.

Christmas shopping at Chadstone shopping centre, where there was minor flooding, was also disrupted and at least five boats at Sandringham Yacht Club were damaged. Boats were blown over and owners scrambled to secure other vessels that will compete in next week's Melbourne to Hobart yacht race.


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