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Macedon Ranges begins clean-up after damaging winds, heavy rain lash region

By Sian Gard, Tyrone Dalton, Fiona Parker, and James Findlay, Friday June 11, 2021 - 03:52 EST
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Heavy winds and rain lashed the Macedon Ranges. - ABC

Storm-battered Trentham residents face water safety concerns and power outages continue in the Mount Macedon area, as PowerCor brings in crews from other regions to restore services.

In the small town of Trentham, residents were told last night that a burst mains under the town could affect the quality of the drinking water and were urged to conserve water and not drink from the tap. 

Coliban Water managing director Damien Wells told ABC Central Victoria that the wet and soggy conditions have made it difficult for teams to locate the burst water main.

"Between the water treatment plant and town, the water main runs through a fair bit of bush and farmland, or it could be somewhere else in town. But there is water obviously all over the place," Mr Wells said.

Burst water main a health concern

The quality of the water that residents of Trentham can not be guaranteed while the burst water main continued to leak water.

Mr Wells said that the request for residents to not drink the tap water was precautionary.

"Our advice is from the Department of Health, we're a highly regulated business," Mr Wells said.

"[Water is] the only product where you can put a food product directly into someone's house with no product recall. We are conservative in our approach when it comes to safe drinking water, so we are saying do not drink the water, please."

While teams look for the burst water main, Coliban Water will also be providing bottled water to all residents.

"Victoria Police, SES and Hepburn Shire with their relief centre, they've got bottled water in the relief centre and we're adding to that bottled water supply today," he said.

Residents remain without power

For residents in the Mount Macedon area, power outages continue and the pressure to get services back online is seeing PowerCor crews from other regions.

"We've mobilised extra crews from other parts of the state who are now on-site doing some major reconstruction work. Our focus today is getting the majority of the customers back on supply," spokeswoman Emma Tyner said.

She said the damage caused by the storm has been significant.

"This is major reconstruction work our teams are doing today. We've had infrastructure that's been completely demolished by trees and branches that came down. A lot of this work that is being done today, wasn't even accessible yesterday."

Across the region 13,000 homes have been affected, with just under 11,000 in the towns of Woodend and Kyneton.

Ms Tyner said the damage from the storm was the worst they have seen in a very long time.

"The damage we have seen across this region has been extraordinary."


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