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More than 16,000 Victorians are still without power, as providers work to repair damage caused by catastrophic winds and storms that lashed the state last week.
Retiree Michelle Gallant and her husband David Rose, who live near Montrose in the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne’s east, were among those who lost power on Friday morning.
They are facing another day reliant on a generator, which they’re grateful they purchased after the Dandenongs were rocked by horrific storms that caused mass power outages in July. Ms Gallant and her husband lost power for six days then.
“For us, it’s inconvenient,” Ms Gallant said. “It’s costing us about $30 a day in unleaded petrol – I didn’t realise it would run into quite that much.”
Ms Gallant said while the generator keeps the fridge going and the lights on in the evening, there isn’t enough power to run the washing machine.
She is thankful that she and her husband didn’t have their home damaged in the winds, and said they would keep a close eye on the radar over the coming hours as they worried about more trees falling.
It’s day five without power and water, too, for Amy Campion, as the water tank on her property relies on an electric pump. A large tree from her front yard took down power lines and, further down her street, another tree took down more wires and crushed a car.
At Healesville in the Yarra Valley, Gerry was looking at his power being restored at 11.59pm. In the last major storm before this one, he lost power for 10 days.
“It is becoming tedious that it takes [so] long to fix problems,” he wrote to The Age. “Clearly there are not sufficient people employed to do maintenance or emergency remediation.”
Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said yesterday that some customers were likely to be without power until the end of the week.