Clean-up continues in Victoria as SES responds to thousands of calls for help

The State Emergency Service has received almost 6000 calls for help in just 24 hours in Victoria.

The influx of calls came after an intense low-pressure system ripped trees from the ground and knocked out power to some 290,000 homes in Victoria.

This morning, there are more than 2000 active incidents and more than 100,000 homes are still in the dark without power.

Homes destroyed by fallen trees during a storm in Victoria. (Nine)
A house is crushed by a tree felled during a storm in Victoria. (Nine)

Some residents have been told they won’t get power until Sunday which means many people won’t be able to heat their homes for several days amid freezing temperatures.

Emergency services will focus on a backlog of calls for help today, after the busiest day in SES history with storm damage across the entire state.

Some of the worst-hit areas were Lilydale, Emerald, and the Dandenongs, where there were power lines and trees down every couple of metres in that area alone.

A man was found dead in floodwaters yesterday afternoon in the town of Woodside.

The body of the man, aged in his 60s, was found in a car submerged in floodwaters.

His body was retrieved and an investigation is underway.

Yesterday at the height of the floods, up to 200 homes had to be evacuated and the SES had to complete several rescues. (9News)

Yesterday at the height of the floods, up to 200 homes had to be evacuated and the SES had to complete several rescues.

Wild weather leaves trail of destruction in Victoria

The true cost of the floods won’t be known for days as the water slowly subsides.

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