Stawell SES breathe sigh of relief after wild weather bypasses region

When the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for much of the state, including Stawell, the town’s State Emergency Service were bracing for a weekend of endless call-outs.

But it was the opposite, responding to just two incidents trees had fallen across roadways.  

SES cleared trees at Deep Lead and Callawadda on Sunday and responded to a third incident on Monday at Grampians Road.

Duty officer Jenny Rooke said they were “extremely lucky” to miss the brunt of the weekend’s wild weather which brought violent winds, rain and snow to the region.  

“We were told we would be getting quite busy as the cold front moved in, but luckily we were not and it turned out to be quite the opposite,” she said. 

“We missed the bad weather completely and luckily no one decided to go hiking in the Grampians because of the bad weather forecasts.”

Ms Rooke said Ararat and Horsham SES units were also not busy at the weekend. 

Since Friday Stawell has received 33mm of rain and across the Wimmera Edenhope recorded 32mm, Nhill 26mm, Natimuk 21mm and Rupanyup 15.6mm.

Great Western recorded 32mm in 24 hours between 9am on Sunday and 9am on Monday.

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