Community members can continue to access showers, power and food drop-off points this week, as Council works with agencies to clear access to isolated areas of the Yarra Ranges.
Council, the State Government and agencies are working to clear debris and restore power and phone access in the Yarra Ranges after last week’s storm, which resulted in hundreds of fallen trees, widespread infrastructure damage and flooding.
Yarra Ranges Mayor, Fiona McAllister, said that crews were working to clear trees and debris, and provide access for services across the Dandenongs, where the storm hit the hardest.
“We’ve received more than 640 drainage and tree-related requests from community members as a result of the storms, but we’re also mindful that many people are still without power and phone connections to contact us,” Cr McAllister said.
“Over the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to see the impact of these storms unfold, and we’ll be working with AusNet Services, the State Government and other agencies to help clear up debris, provide safe access to community members’ homes and restore services.
“Already, the amount of debris collected could cover the ground at the MCG, and we’re stockpiling wood from fallen trees. You may notice large piles of wood on roadsides and in reserves – this will be picked up and disposed of once our priority works have been completed.
“We’ve activated power and shower facilities across the Yarra Ranges and provided some bins for emergency food waste disposal. Please check our website for the latest information about these services and what support may be available, and, please, pass on information to anyone you know who may not have internet access back.”
Power and shower facilities have been set up at Olinda Recreation Reserve, Lilydale Heights Secondary College, Yarra Junction Sporting Pavilion, Yarra Glen Memorial Hall (charging facilities and triage only), Belgrave Community Hub and Queens Park in Healesville.
Drop-off points have also been set up with additional bins for community members at Kalorama Football Club, the Olinda public toilets on Monash Avenue and at the rear of the Healesville Community Link, where spoiled food can be disposed of.