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Clean up continues for Mildura after freak storm

13 November 2016

Mildura residents and the wider Mallee region are counting the cost of Friday nights' damaging storm, with emergency services coming from across the state to help.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the communities of Mildura, Merbein, Irymple and Red Cliffs  were especially hard hit, with damaged homes and businesses and power outages.  

Visiting Mildura today, Mr Lapsley said impact assessment crews on the ground and surveillance aircraft have identified a number of destroyed homes and many with severe damage.  Agriculture and business impacts are also being assessed.

While there have been no reports of injuries, Victoria's State Emergency Service (VicSES) has had more than 460 calls for assistance since the storm struck. A large percentage of those calls are related to building damage.

Mildura Rural City Council has been working to assist community members, with a relief centre established at the Alfred Deakin Centre, on the corner of Deakin Avenue and 12th Street.

Residents are being urged to visit the relief centre for assistance, or call 1800 241 540 to speak to staff.

Utility companies have begun restoring electricity and phone services to affected areas and this process is expected to continue today.

Water supplies are unaffected and town water is safe to drink.

Mr Lapsley said emergency service and power restoration crews were working through the large amount of calls for assistance received and urged resdients to have patience.

"There has been a large amount of damage in these communities and our understanding of that impact will grow as the assessments continue," he said.

"Additional emergency service resources are being brought in from across the state to help with the relief and recovery effort for these communities.

"We're also asking community members to check in on their neighbours, check in on their family and friends and take a lot of care when cleaning up their properties."

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