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‘Massive financial hit’: Dandenong Ranges businesses smashed by storms

‘Massive financial hit’: Dandenong Ranges businesses smashed by storms

Businesses in the Dandenong Ranges are hurting after Victoria’s fourth lockdown and prolonged closures due to the recent storms.

  • by Benjamin Preiss

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Damp winter and spring likely to lift flood risk for country’s east

Damp winter and spring likely to lift flood risk for country’s east

Eastern Australia, already soaked by big rain events and storms this year, could be in for more flooding as conditions in the Indian Ocean and Pacific tilt to favour increased rainfall.

  • by Peter Hannam
Eight children in van among 13 lives lost in Alabama to storms, floods

Eight children in van among 13 lives lost in Alabama to storms, floods

Eight children in a van from a youth home for abused or neglected children were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash, the most devastating blow from a tropical depression that caused flash floods and spurred tornadoes in Alabama.

  • by Jeff Amy and Amy Forliti
‘We’ll be back’: Clean-up continues in Dandenongs as troops deliver generators

‘We’ll be back’: Clean-up continues in Dandenongs as troops deliver generators

Kalorama couple Nat and Lee Guest were among those who bore the brunt of the storms that hit a week and a half ago. Now they are starting to pick up the pieces.

  • by Tammy Mills
Thousands remain without power as state government calls in the troops

Thousands remain without power as state government calls in the troops

Four thousand homes remain without power in the storm-ravaged Dandenong Ranges as the state government offered small generators to affected homes and finally called in the army to help with the clean-up effort.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan
‘Like hell on earth’: The night the trees fell from the sky

‘Like hell on earth’: The night the trees fell from the sky

For those in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, it felt as if the whole mountain was shaking. In Gippsland, it was worse than a cyclone.

  • by Tom Cowie, Benjamin Preiss and Erin Pearson
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Victoria requests more ADF support for storm clean-up

Victoria requests more ADF support for storm clean-up

The Victorian government is set to ask the Commonwealth to send more Australian Defence Force members to assist with clearing roads and doorknocking after a deadly storm lashed the state last week.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan
Yallourn emergency declared after storms as hardship payments kick in
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Yallourn emergency declared after storms as hardship payments kick in

An energy emergency has been declared for flood-threatened Yallourn coal mine and power station, while residents still without power will get a weekly payment of up to $1680.

  • by Roy Ward, Benjamin Preiss and Hanna Mills Turbet
Melburnians warned against travel to flood and storm battered areas

Melburnians warned against travel to flood and storm battered areas

Emergency authorities have warned wet weather later this week may pose some risk as restrictions are lifted on travel for Melburnians.

  • by Benjamin Preiss and Tom Cowie
‘Crippled in one night’: Townships reeling a week after wild storms rip through properties

‘Crippled in one night’: Townships reeling a week after wild storms rip through properties

Trees crashed through John Carlyle’s loungeroom roof and destroyed much of his Kalorama house, yet he has chosen to remain among the devastation.

  • by Benjamin Preiss and Erin Pearson
‘We are not through this’: Thousands still without power as more rain threatens storm recovery

‘We are not through this’: Thousands still without power as more rain threatens storm recovery

Heavy rainfall is expected to hit parts of Gippsland already experiencing flooding, although the Bureau of Meteorology is not expecting similar downpours to those that caused evacuations last week.

  • by Tom Cowie and Benjamin Preiss