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Friday, August 18, 2017

Pultney Street, Dandenong, 1916 Floods.

Below is an except from the " South Bourke and Mornington Journal, Thu 28 Sep 1916, Page 2"

On Thursday night, 21st inst., rain commenced to fall, and there was every indication of a heavy downpour, and, unfortunate to relate, the outcome was the heaviest flood experienced for upwards of twenty years. All parts of the State have been similarly affected, the amount of damage is almost beyond calculation, and to this must be added the many sad fatalities which have been recorded at different centres.

At Dandenong the rain was almost continuous until Saturday night, and by that time the creek had overrun its banks, and at Carrum a washaway occurred, in consequence of which many of the residents will suffer severe loss. The "straight cuts" made some time ago near the Dandenong creek certainly enabled the flood waters to get away from beyond the railway embankment, although it did not tend to improve matters in the Carrum area.

On Sunday the Main road, from the blue stone bridge, almost to the Cranbourne road junction, was under water, in places up to five feet, and quite a crowd of people went to view the scene. The low lying portion of Gordon Park and the Grange Estate (near Kidd's bridge) were inundated to a great extent, whilst at McLeod road, in the South riding, there is said to have been a depth of 10 feet of water.

The ti-tree flat on the Cranbourne road was a vast expanse of water, and one of the bridges nearby on the Main road was damaged, and had to be hastily attended to by the Cranbourne shire daymen late on Saturday night and on Sunday. On Monday morning the water had practically cleared from the Main road, and from then on the rainfall moderated somewhat.

Up till 6 o'clock on Saturday 5 inches 23 points were registered at Dandenong, and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. the total had reached 6 inches 59 points.

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