Warnings of extended power outages as wild weather clean-up begins
An evacuation order for a Latrobe Valley town inundated by floodwater has now been lifted, but more than 110,000 homes across Victoria are still without power as the clean-up from wild weather on Thursday continues.
Major flood warnings from VicEmergency are still current for the Yarra River from Millgrove to Coldstream and for the Thomson River from the Cowwarr Weir to Wandocka in the state’s east.
Schools are set to re-open in metropolitan Melbourne on Friday following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. However, several primary and secondary schools, as well as kindergartens in towns such as Frankston, Healesville, Kyneton and Trentham, have been closed due to the severe weather, according to the Department of Education.
CitiPower and Powercor chief executive officer Tim Rourke said there was now just over 12,000 people on his network without power, but most should have electricity returned by Friday night.
“The majority of our people - apart from maybe 1000 - will be back on supply this afternoon, everyone will be back on our networks by midday Saturday,” he told 3AW Mornings.
Mr Rourke said one of his employees, Andrew McArdle, who has lived and worked in Kyneton for more than 30 years had seen “nothing like this devastation”, with trees everywhere.
Another 100,000 people are without power in Victoria’s east, according to AusNet.