SES answers Mildura’s call for help

A deployment of South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and staff is travelling to Mildura to assist their Victorian counterparts with the cleanup after a fierce storm tore through the Victorian city overnight.

The volunteers represent nine SES units – Murray Bridge Campbelltown, Eastern Suburbs, Metro South, Noarlunga, Salisbury, Western Adelaide, Mount Barker and the Riverland Operations Support Unit.

Following an urgent call for assistance from the Victorian State Emergency Service this morning, 14 volunteers and two staff members from the SES left Adelaide and the regions by road.

On arrival in Mildura, they will be primarily tasked with repairing roof damage on an estimated 40-50 buildings across the city.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said state government was pleased to be able to assist Victoria in a time of need.

“Our thoughts are with those that have had their homes and property impacted by these storms,” he said.

“We are very grateful to have such dedicated and hardworking volunteers in South Australia that are willing to put their lives on hold, even at this busy time of year, to assist the Victorian people.”

Thunderstorms, giant hailstones, extreme wind gusts and flash flooding battered the state leaving widespread damage across Victoria, with Mildura being particularly affected.

The deployment is expected to return to Adelaide tomorrow afternoon.