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OASTBRTON PARTLY SUBMERGED.
Casteiton ia situated on tile River Glaoslg, and that Btreara was flooded on Sunday to so extent never previously known. The Nexet says;-"The waters in the town of Caatertott were fully two foefc higher than the hifltorio point reached ia 1893, which was the record umil now, with the exoeption of a flood whiob old residents say occurred in 1852, when there virtually was no township. Danger was antici pated on Saturday night, and by 10 o'clock things were looking carious for residents in low lying places, and a number sought fresh quarters. Others stayed on, but soon after midnight were glad to avail themselves of the opportunity of removal by means of oabu bq£ lorries directed by the police and prlra'Q residents. Mr. Jelly carried the metabenj of some half-a-dozen families on bis back through the waters, atsd several other men also carried several people away from their homes,
Owing to very heavy rains on the Uppw Olenelg, beyond Harrow, the waters rose with alarmiog rapidity on Sunday forenoon Tha Nevus says the church services in CaBter. ton were abandoned, and the whob community watched the scene. Ia 't'h4 main street the waters flowed through tta post-office and the premises .""! Mmim.
Utingworth, Stark, the News office, B. Jeffreys, Berkefeld, ilaclntyre'a boarding-house, Ship ham, Albioa Hotel, James (stationer), Oawker, Stewart, Fell, Alien, A. E. Smith, Chapman, Edgar Bros., Csffrey, and Gillespie. The
Jreatest damage was occasioned at the Glenelg
DQ corner, where Mr. Bennett is engaged
in erecting a new two-storey brick building at a eoat of £4.000, the foundations of which a e joit in, The flood swept over this to a depth of nearly (wo feet, earryiDg away timber, se'ting fire to the iime, and necessitating a body of men wading through the water to tip it into the Stream in order to save dinner from fire to Other material*. Mr. Beune't's low will prooably run well on to £200. The Island rark and football ground localities were inundated, and many residences in that part were invaded by the tiver The Argyle Hall was among the premises flooded, and a large ftmount of damage was done in it.
Several of the families rescued were acoom* teodated with shelter in the Shire Hall. O hers found refuge elsewhere. Cabs, lorries, horse tnen, and boats were at work throughout Sua day rendering all the assistance possible The household of Mr Blair had to be rescued with ft boat, and with much difficulty; so had Mr. Campbell, sen , and bis wife and son. The day Wat ejrtreme y c jld, and many who could not hare fires because of the waters suffered considerably from hill. Boats were also used to rescue stock, bn*. Iar*e numbers of horses, cattle, sheep, Uii fowls, and even two dogs, were Ca ried away and drowned. Along the Baghaliah iotd many houses were inun da:id, and the inmates of some of them had to be asved with boats. The brick-kiln owners Were heavy losers. The suspension bridge on the Baghaliah road, aoross >he Glenelg, wa« Wa bed aw.iy Oa the flonr mill side of the town bonse* were a?so inundated, ^pd there was B feet to 6 feet of water on the cemetery road During the day the Wannon river overflowed i s bank*, rendering it impossible to travel along
the main road to Sandford
Some pa*hetic as well as laughable incidents Occurred daring the day, and there were many narrow escapes in the streets. Mr. J. Grant, who lived near the Island Park bridge, had hie house swept away; loss about £200. The Biidge Inn was submerged to a depth of about 18 inches. Bybsinxii: g ?nakes were aroused from their winter sleep, and one was killed near Mr. Grant's, and eight at Mr. A, Sealey's, on the Sand/ord road. Mr. F A. Daley lost a large part of his herd of 19 dairy cattle; Mr. T. B. Nicholls had 200 sheep, worih Ids. a head, drowned; and Mr. Bettsworth 110 sheep and lambs. Bridges everywhere were awept away, and the Harrow coach was delayed nearly 24 hours. The Waudo Vale and Henty land was covered with water some feet deep,