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I woke up to my wife screaming – she’d gone to get out of bed and found our house filling up with water

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Daniel and Rhiannan Drake went to bed with the sound of heavy rain pounding on the roof of their home in Central Victoria on Sunday night.

But they were in complete shock when, hours later, they were being hauled into a Police rescue boat with their cats. Their home destroyed.

The water was pooling around their bed – and was ‘halfway up their shins’ when they woke up and realised they were in the middle of a disaster zone.

Carpenter Daniel Drake woke up to his wife’s screams early Monday morning

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She had put her foot on the ground and was in shock when it landed in water

Their town of Goornong, North East of Bendigo, recorded its highest ever rainfall that night – triggering the flooding emergency.

The whole of Central Victoria saw record-breaking rainfall – or the highest in over 120 years of record keeping – ranging from 90-120mls.

‘We put all our belongings that we had and our cats on that and we took the boat out,’ Mr Drake said.

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Residents of nearby Seymour were also told to evacuate, and brace for more flooding as river waters rose the next day.

While people in Yea and Rochester were told it was too late to get out – and were urged to find the highest spot to rest until the flooding receded.

The flood at Seymour peaked late on Monday with early estimates suggesting about ten homes were flooded, with up to 35 expected to be impacted at Rochester on Tuesday.

More than a dozen flood warnings have been issued across the state and the wild weather has also impacted Melbourne’s east, with Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Ferny Creek closed after a landslide about 40 metres wide and 70 metres long.

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The couple got some of their possessions and their cats before being evacuated

Victoria Police are warning motorists to avoid travelling on flood-affected roads and never attempt to drive through flood waters.

‘All emergency services are working hard to respond to this latest weather event, but we don’t want to be diverting resources to rescue people that have ignored the warnings,’ road policing assistant commissioner Glenn Weir said.

An emergency warning issued early on Tuesday urged Rochester residents to ‘shelter in the highest location possible’ and ensure they had enough food, drinking water and medications.

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