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Property assessments and clean-up continues in storm-affected Creswick

Monday January 10, 2022 - 00:44 AEDT
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The Hepburn Shire council and residents in Creswick are continuing to assess devastating damages from a storm 'unlike any other' last week.

The weather event ripped through regional Victoria on Thursday, creating piles of heavy hail, floods, and strong winds.

Some property owners in the town, north of Ballarat, reported thousands of dollars in flood and hail damages.

A recovery centre remains open to those in need in the centre of town at the Creswick Centre, with staff offering support.

Hepburn Shire Mayor Tim Drylie said over the next week council staff will continue secondary impact assessments on private residences.

Mr Drylie said the town received between 130 to 160 millimetres of rain in an incredibly short period of time.

"We received our annual summer rainfall amount within two and a half hours," Mr Drylie said.

"It was a really scary experience? a lot of damage has been done to individual homes,"

"As the days go on people are finding more and more damages here and there."

The Mayor said affected individuals have been sleeping at the Doug Lindsay Reserve to receive shelter and food. It included a group of people who live at a public housing site in the town, now displaced by the damage.

"Council staff, as part of the storm recovery process, have been trying to find accommodation for people all over the region," he said.

"Some of those people in the social housing complex have been able to go back [home]? not all of it was affected in the same way."

He said several businesses along the main street had been seriously impacted, while the impact on public infrastructure continued to be assessed.

"The main infrastructure damage? has been the culverts around bridges and roads have been significantly impacted."

Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, is urging residents affected by storm damage to consider relief payments that may be available.

"There's a thing called the National Disaster Recovery arrangements that come into play," Ms King said.

"It means some people may be eligible immediately to register with Services Australia for some immediate financial relief."

Ms King said there needs to be a "longer-term fix" for the damages done to the town.

"We had floods back in Creswick and Clunes back in 2007? some of the mitigation measures have worked but obviously there's going to need to be more," she said.


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