Power outages continue statewide as extreme weather clean-up begins

“A very large limb of one of our beautiful snow gums fell on Wednesday, but the wind was so strong we didn’t really hear it. You couldn’t go outside to inspect and there was only debris flying everywhere.

Carole visits her daughter’s house in Bayswater almost every day to charge her phone and tablet. This is the only way she can stay in touch with her community and let everyone know that she is always safe. But she doesn’t blame AusNet for the slow return to power.

Still no electricity in Kalorama as emergency services scramble to repair damage from the storm.Credit:Carole rushbrook

“We walked around our community and most of the power lines were cut down by large, heavy trees,” she said.

“Until all the trees are cut, AusNet will not be able to come in and do anything with the electricity.”

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“It’s an uphill battle for them. And I think they work really hard.

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said people in affected areas should stay on top of updates from authorities with more adverse weather conditions.

“There could be more flooding, more over the weekend… people need to stay on top of this information,” he said.

AusNet spokesperson Steve Brown apologized to customers who still have no electricity.

“We’re incredibly sorry, we understand that waking up for the fifth day in a row without electricity is a pretty terrible circumstance,” he said on 3AW.

“[Restoring power] is the only thing anyone in our organization is working on right now. We turn on the lights, heat and refrigerator as soon as possible.

Mr Brown says although residents of storm-affected areas are getting tired, they need to be careful when cleaning their neighborhoods.

About 180,000 homes and businesses were reconnected to electricity on Monday morning.

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Mr Brown said AusNet has partnered with local governments to form recovery centers in areas where it will take several days before power is restored.

“You can charge your phone, we delivered care packages with essential supplies like food and sanitary products. We have set up temporary generators to be able to power gas stations in community centers and other facilities, ”he said.

The hardest hit areas, with over 1,000 homes and businesses without power, are Monbulk and Croydon. The next most affected are Healesville, Kallista, Kalorama, Lilydale, Olinda, Silvan, Mount Evelyn, Mooroolbark and Mount Dandenong – all with more than 500 homes and businesses still without power according to AusNet.

Two people died in the floodwaters last week. Police said search and rescue officers found a body, believed to be that of Nina Barake, a missing 20-year-old woman, in the floodwaters at around 10:40 a.m. Friday. Ms Barake was last seen leaving her home in nearby Simpson on Wednesday.

On Thursday afternoon, a rescue team recovered the body of Brian Gilliland, 69, in the town of Woodside in southern Gippsland, about 70 kilometers from Traralgon.

At the height of the storm, the Victorian SES recorded “the busiest 24-hour period” in its history, receiving 6,652 calls for help.

SES commander Mark Cattell said the flood cleanup would take a few days.

“The main objective is to clear the roads so that the communities can enter and exit. We still have several roads closed and the pruning of the trees in the Dandenongs are not trays of garden varieties, they are quite large, ”he told Nine’s. Today show.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the storms were unprecedented and the state government was doing its best to help those affected.

“All of our public health services are functioning in areas affected by floods and storms. [areas],” he said.

Aerial images show flooding in the town of Yallourn.

Aerial images show flooding in the town of Yallourn. Credit:Nine News

“We’ve had a number of state emergency committee planning sessions. We encountered the state control center every day. We have seen an exceptional result.

Mr Foley said Acting Prime Minister James Merlino was one of those affected by the power outages.

“[James Merlino] was down in the flooded areas of Gippsland yesterday. He was in his own community and in the Dandenong yesterday, ”he said.

Local efforts to help storm-affected communities are also emerging statewide.

An art gallery in Upwey has provided parents in the area with a haven where families without electricity can entertain their children and charge their devices.

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Families without electricity bring their children to the Birrinja Cultural Center for warmth and music.Credit:Gareth Hart

Gareth Hart, creative director and CEO of the Burrinja Cultural Center, said the community center was ready to help when the power returned on Saturday night.

“The instant he came back, and we realized we were lucky enough to get him back so quickly, we wondered what we could do to support and help our community? ” they said.

Hart’s gallery provided a place for young children to go and play so their parents could relax and rejuvenate. The community flocked to come together and connect with its neighbors – there were between 20 and 50 people in the center at all times on Sunday.

“We know the arts bring people together and can bring a little joy and expression to a child’s day. We wanted to provide a safe, warm and welcoming place for the community to come together through art, ”said Hart.

“Many of the people who came yesterday were from places like Belgrave South and Kallista, which it is estimated will not be restored for five to six days.

“We heard from a child ‘this is my favorite place in the world right now’ and from another parent ‘today was like a ray of sunshine in my dark week’.

The Burrinja Cultural Center will reopen the refuge Tuesday through Friday with an open door policy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Dandenong Ranges bakery on Sunday served 100 liters of hot soup and curry to its local community.

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