Damaging windstorm sweeps across region

Colac’s SES volunteers dealt with more than 20 fallen trees over the past two days of wild winter weather. Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour swept the district Wednesday night which caused headaches for emergency services and residents.

Thousands were without power and Colac’s State Emergency Service volunteers worked around the clock when damaging wind and rain struck Colac this week.

Colac SES controller Steve Tevelein said up to 22 volunteers responded to dozens of incidents across Wednesday evening and yesterday when the damaging winds, rain and hail swept the region.

“I don’t even know the first time the pager went off it got that busy, but for a 12-hour period we did 22 trees and a roof damage call.

“We were kept very busy, and we’re still going today, I’ve just sent another crew out to do a tree down at somebody’s property here in town,” Mr Tevelein said yesterday.

“It was widespread, we had three crews on the ground, spread from Irrewillipe all the way down to Barwon Downs, one crew was designated to Colac and the other two were heading east and west.

“If people need our assistance, call 132 500, but for anything life-threatening call 000.”

Meanwhile, a Powercor spokesperson said 2500 customers across Colac Otway Shire and the south-west were without power because of the storm; a fraction of the 17,000 Powercor customers whose lights went out at the storm’s peak.

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