The severe weather incident that occurred in Waurn Ponds and Mount
Duneed at approximately 1:00am on Wednesday 20 May 2020 has had a significant impact on
many people in our community. By 4:00pm on Wednesday, we were aware of over
40 homes with major roof damage and others with severe structural damage.
Your safety following this severe incident is a priority for the
City as well as Victoria Police, State
Emergency Services and the Country Fire Authority and we have worked together
since the event occurred to ensure residents’ safety.
Fire Brigade have also assisted with drone footage of the area which has helped
with research and response. Our building surveyors have been inspecting damage
and our street sweepers were present early on Wednesday to clear debris.
To further assist with clearing debris from affected properties, a scheduled
waste collection will occur next week.
Victoria Police have implemented an increased police presence in
the affected zone with a car and two officers in the area overnight on
Wednesday and the same arrangement is in place today following a change of
shift early in the morning. This arrangement will be reviewed by Victoria
If you are concerned about safety or suspect criminal
activity, please call or visit Waurn Ponds Police station.
emergency, please do not hesitate to call 000.
You are encouraged to seek advice from your insurer or landlord with any
general concerns you have about securing your property during this time.
Some properties are
severely damaged. If your property is uninhabitable, you are encouraged to stay
with family or friends where this is possible or arrange emergency
accommodation through your insurance company.
If neither of these options is possible,
please call the City on 03 5272 5272 (8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday) or email: [email protected] to discuss your
For information about emergency financial assistance,
please call the Centrelink emergency recovery line: 180 22 66.
This severe weather event
has been unexpected and stressful. For referrals
to free confidential counselling, please call the City on 03 5272 5272 (8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday) or email: [email protected] to access this service.
- If you require a property assessment for safety 5272 5272.
- If you have any other
inquiries, please call the City on 03 5272 5272 (8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday) or email: [email protected].