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Three homes left 'uninhabitable' by severe storm in Victoria's north

Monday November 2, 2015 - 07:33 EDT
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A home in Strathmerton significantly damaged after storms tore through the area. - ABC

Residents at Strathmerton in Victoria's north are mopping up after storms blew roofs off a number of properties yesterday.

The State Emergency Service responded to 235 calls for help, with crews in the Numurkah and Shepparton districts the busiest.

The storms also brought down powerlines and caused localised flooding.

Leanne Simpson from the SES said a number of homes were significantly damaged in the storm.

"In some places they were hit quite hard ... in Strathmerton, there were seven homes that suffered significant damage and three of those were designated as being uninhabitable, so there were a number of people who were subsequently relocated to support their needs overnight," she said.

There was another property in the west of Shepparton, in Nanneella, that required the occupants to be relocated.

Ms Simpson said there were no reported injuries in the storm.

Strathmerton residents said the storm hit the town with little warning and sent them fleeing for cover.

"I heard a big sort of swelling rumble, and I just picked up my little boy and ran down the hallway and it hit, and just lifted off the roof and took off the verandah," one resident said.

Another resident said they rushed inside their home to take shelter as "tin was flying in the air" in the storm.


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