Volunteers out in force in response to widespread storms

Member News image CFA volunteers from Werribee Fire Brigade have cleared numerous trees along Geelong Road near Westleigh Gardens.


CFA volunteer firefighters have been out in force in support of VICSES after Victoria was battered by strong winds overnight and into today.


There have been more than 3000 requests for assistance made to VICSES, with more than 2200 trees down and more than 500 buildings damaged.

CFA State Duty Officer Lachlan Redman said damage was widespread.

“It’s right across the state, currently down South East metro, the Mornington Peninsula and moving towards Bairnsdale,” he said.

Three Incident Control Centres have been stood up, staffed by members from across Victorian emergency services including CFA.

More than 1000 personnel from all Victorian emergency services are working as one in response to the storms.

More storm activity is expected throughout today, with a Severe Weather Warning issued for damaging winds in East Gippsland, West and South Gippsland and part of Central and North East forecast districts.

Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest warnings, at bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/

For localised warnings, set up watch zones on the VicEmergency app, or monitor the VicEmergency website (emergency.vic.gov.au) or Facebook.

For information about power outages and restoration timelines, contact your power company.

For storm safety tips, visit VICSES at https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/know-your-hazards/storm

To request help with storm damage which is limiting access to your property, including trees down, please call Victoria State Emergency Service on 132 500 from anywhere in Victoria. VICSES is an emergency services agency and may undertake emergency temporary repairs if required. For minor leaks, superficial damage, removal of debris and cutting down of trees that are still standing, please contact a professional tradesperson.
Only call Triple Zero (000) for life-threatening emergencies. 

Check the Parks Victoria website (www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature) for park, site, road and track closures; and visit (https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au) for updates on public road closures.


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