Victoria SES launched have responded to a large number of calls in Mildura following the super cell storm that hit town on on Friday night, 11 November.
The winds caused widespread damage. Mildura, Merbein and Red Cliffs regions were effected. SES units were deployed in response for assessment, emergency repairs, clean up, relief and recovery efforts.
Over 485 requests for assistance have been received. Significant damage to property, agriculture and infrastructure has been reported. Power outages effected up to 8,000 homes.
Minor to moderate flood warnings remain current for the lower Murray River with flood peaks expected around 20 November 2016 in the Mildura area.
We urge anyone who needs storm or flood assistance to call 132 500.
Precautions after a storm
After a storm there is increased risk of fallen trees and power lines may be down. Other hazardous materials may be dislodged following damage to buildings.
Take care and be alert to hazards. Consider these safety tips:
- Check in with your neighbours to make sure they are OK.
- Be careful around debris when cleaning up, especially around building rubble that may contain asbestos.
- Asbestos contaminated material should be disposed of correctly. Contact Mildura City Council for further information on disposal of asbestos.
- Do not attempt to undertake repairs to your home's electrical system, call an electrician.
- Do not enter a building that may not be safe.
- Take care around solar panels, especially around any exposed wiring.
- Be careful working on ladders or roofs, especially in windy conditions.
- Drive to the conditions on the road and be aware of fallen trees and water that may still be over some roads.
- Never drive, walk, ride or play in flood water. (This is the main cause of death during floods.)
- Obey emergency road signs – do not drive around ‘road closed’ signs.
For help call Victoria SES on 132 500. If the emergency is life threatening call triple zero 000.
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