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Power outages across Victoria

10 October 2016

Victoria has experienced widespread power outages following the weekend wind and storm event.

Power has been restored to a large number of customers today and power companies will continue to work through the night, however due to the scale of the event the power distribution companies are still working to return power supply to remaining households.

Approximately 22,000 Victorian households remain without power tonight.

Extensive damage to poles and wires from the winds and falling trees, combined with the sheer scale of the event, mean that restoration times could extend into Tuesday.

Victoria’s emergency services have received over 5,200 calls for assistance since 7am Sunday morning, with more than 2,100 trees blown down and 1,131 buildings damaged during the wind and storm event.
The emergency services are encouraging all of those impacted by the power outages to stay with friends or family until their power supplies are restored.

State Response Controller Tony Murphy has urged those people affected to stay with or check in with friends, family and neighbours, especially those who may need assistance.

“It’s important to check in with friends, family and neighbours, especially if they may be dependant on power,” he said.

“Maintaining access to a phone – either a charged mobile or a landline that doesn’t require power – is also critical in staying informed,” he said.

“Vulnerable members of the community, including elderly, those with health problems, young children or special needs, should take extra care.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently working with energy providers to ensure those customers dependent on power are being checked on. People on life support who require access to power for medical reasons should continue to enact their personal contingency plan.
People need to speak to their doctor if they have any concerns, or contact Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024. In a life threatening emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Food safety is also an important consideration during power outages. This includes:

  • Moving food from the fridge to the freezer
  • Placing bagged ice under food packages and trays stored in freezers and fridges (where
  • possible)
  • Placing an insulating blanket over cold or frozen food (where possible)
  • Only opening the fridge and freezer doors when absolutely necessary, as this will keep the food and air temperature colder for longer.

People should also be careful when using portable generators and alternative power supply options. Generators should only be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, and never be used indoors.

For further information, the Flood and Storm Information Line (1300 842 737 or 1300 VICSES) remains activated until further notice.