Assessing the damage to homes in Victoria

17 June 2021
Photo of a tree that has been felled after storm damage.

On Wednesday 9 June and Thursday 10 June 2021, parts of Victoria experienced a severe weather event with strong winds and heavy rains, causing trees and power lines to fall and several rivers to flood. 

There has been a significant number of road closures, power and communications outages, severe damage to homes and properties and flooding across many areas of Victoria. 

The impact is widespread covering Gippsland (Traraglon), Southern Metropolitan Melbourne, Eastern Melbourne (Dandenong Ranges) and Central Victoria.

The storms and flooding from 9 June resulted in VICSES’ busiest 24-hour period on record. There have been more than 9,200 requests for assistance from 9 June until yesterday.

The work of Victoria’s emergency services agencies continues around the clock and in difficult conditions to get people back into their homes and basic services up and running again.

For immediate financial support, Personal Hardship Assistance Program (PHAP) payments are available for those impacted, based on referrals from local governments. To date, 159 payments have already been made totalling $177,800.

Emergency re-establishment assistance is also available for people whose principal place of residence (home) in uninhabitable for more than seven days because of the Victorian floods.

Further to this, a Prolonged Power Outage Support Payment will now be available, providing a financial support to residential customers dealing with prolonged power loss. 

As of Thursday 17 June 2021 (12pm), crews have conducted a total of 1,868 state-wide home impact assessments since the weather event in Victoria last week. 

This data classifies the impact during the initial assessment. The categories are damaged (uninhabitable), damaged (habitable), no damage (habitable). 

Across Victoria: 

  • 1,868 initial impact assessments have been completed. 
  • 119 properties have been classified as damaged (uninhabitable).
  • 112 damaged (habitable).
  • 1,240 initial assessment indicates no damage, however this may be reviewed by secondary impact assessment or insurance inspections.

Eastern metro region which includes Kalorama, Mount Dandenong and Olinda:

  • 993 initial impact assessments have been completed.
  • 76 properties have been classified as damaged (uninhabitable).49 damaged (habitable).
  • 659 initial assessment indicates no damage, however this may be reviewed by secondary impact assessment or insurance inspections.

Gippsland region which includes Traralgon and Yinnar South:

  • 485 initial impact assessments have been completed.
  • 39 properties have been classified as damaged (uninhabitable).
  • 58 damaged (habitable).
  • 255 initial assessment indicates no damage, however this may be reviewed by secondary impact assessment or insurance inspections.

Grampians/Loddon Mallee region, which includes Trentham, Daylesford and surrounding areas:

  • 385 initial impact assessments have been completed.
  • 4 properties have been classified as damaged (uninhabitable).
  • 5 damaged (habitable).
  • 326 initial assessment indicates no damage, however this may be reviewed by secondary impact assessment or insurance inspections.

Secondary impact assessments and insurance assessments are already underway.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said this data highlights the enormous scale of the relief and recovery efforts ahead for residents, emergency services crews, local councils, support services and communities. 

“Following any major weather event, our crews are working hard to keep the community safe. The damage from these storms and rain is severe and across several large regions. Emergency services agencies are continuing to work with local councils and other support agencies to assist the impacted communities with their recovery,” said Commissioner Crisp.

Local councils are also partnering with relief agencies via drop-in hubs to assist people who are still affected by power outages. Services include providing food, showers, mobile phone charging, and accommodation triage.