Video has been shared of the wild aftermath from a Crowded House concert near Geelong that was washed out, leaving hundreds of vehicles bogged in the mud.
Heavy rain and wind gusts of over 100km/h hit Mt Duneed Estate in Victoria on Saturday evening, where A Day on the Green was being held. Despite the “extraordinary unseasonable weather,” organisers pushed ahead with the event, restricting parking access to 4WD vehicles only.
But by the time Crowded House took to the stage, punters’ patience was wearing thin. “We stayed for four or five songs but the rain was getting intolerable,” one festival-goer wrote on Facebook. “[We had] mud up to our knees,” another said “[before] Crowded House cut [its set] short by 40 minutes.”
‘S**t show rescue mission’
By Saturday night, hundreds of vehicles were trapped in the mud with dramatic footage showing drastic attempts to retrieve them. Unable to free themselves, many punters were forced to leave their vehicles behind.
“The Day on the Green [was a] s**t show rescue mission,” one person wrote online. “Over 100 cars were still bogged/abandoned for the night at 3.30am [and] most of the cars bogged that needed help were other 4x4s who had come trying to help.”
Fortunately, when returning for their vehicles on Sunday morning, many people were assisted by “good Samaritans. “A farmer and his two sons turned up at 7.30am with a tractor and strap and started pulling vehicles out,” someone said.
Powerful cold front to hit three states
The wild weather is set to continue to lash Australia’s east coast with three states in the firing line of a powerful cold front.
Damaging winds and possible thunderstorms are forecast for most of Victoria on Monday, except for the far north, with a severe weather warning in place for many districts. Winds could reach peaks of 110km/h in the Central and Gippsland districts, including Melbourne, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
While a severe weather warning has been issued for much of NSW including Sydney, the South Coast, Riverina, Snowy Mountains, and ACT. Damaging winds of up to 70km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected, while an evacuation order is in place for the flood-stricken Riverina town of Deniliquin with residents ordered to leave their homes by Wednesday.
South Australia is also bracing for tough conditions after thousands of properties lost power over the weekend. A severe weather warning is in place for central and southeastern parts of the state including Adelaide, with the bureau warning of a “vigorous” west to south westerly airstream.
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