DESPITE Monday’s severe weather warning, the Wimmera’s State Emergency Service units reported a relatively quiet night.
SES spokesman Toby Borella said there were four requests for assistance between Horsham and Beaufort from Monday until Tuesday morning.
He said SES workers attended to a leaking roof at a building in Winifred Street, Horsham, at 8.58pm on Monday.
Mr Borella said the remainder of the incidents were fallen trees, creating traffic hazards along the region’s roads.
A fallen tree created a traffic hazard on the Wimmera Highway at St Arnaud East, a fallen tree endangered drivers along Burke Street in Beaufort and a tree fell across Old Wedderburn Road, St Arnaud.
“It was rather consistent with what we would expect from that kind of weather,” he said. Mr Borella said there were 122 requests for SES help statewide in the same period.
Fire-fighters also reported a relatively uneventful Monday.
“It was very quiet across the district,” a Horsham Country Fire Authority spokeswoman said.
Ararat-based CFA operations manager Chris Eagle said there was no significant activity relating to severe weather in his district either.
“We had a bit of rain, but nothing out of the ordinary,” he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a thunderstorm warning for the Wimmera, Mallee and parts of the south-west and northern country districts at 3.42pm on Monday.
It said severe thunderstorms were likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones.
Although several farmers reported downpours and thunder, none spoke of hailstones.
Nhill farmer Andrew Colbert said he recorded up to 10mm of rain on Monday.
“The thunderstorm rolled through about 3pm and went on for about 20 minutes,” he said. “There was lots of thunder and lightning.”
Mr Colbert said he recorded about 20mm of rain in the four days before the storm. But he said there would have been more rain to the east.
Dimboola farmer Brad Miles said he recorded about 13mm on Monday and 9mm on Sunday night.
“The rain was much appreciated,” he said. “It’s virtually all sunk in with minimal run-off.”
He said the storm hit about 5pm, with thunder and lightning.
“There was quite a lot of lightning and thunder the night before, as well,” he said.
“As far as crops go, we’re looking really good around here.”
Laen farmer Harold Flett also said Sunday’s rain was welcome.
“We only got 4.3mm out of that,” he said.
“We had a pretty good lightning show and heavy rain, but it mustn’t have lasted long.”
He said nearby Massey was soaked with about 18mm of rain.
But Mr Flett said Laen missed out on Monday’s rainfall.
Warracknabeal farmer and Victorian Farmers Federation Wimmera branch president Ross Johns, said the rain had improved the seasons’ prospects.
“We had 18mm on part of my property on Monday afternoon and then a little bit more at the weekend,” he said.
“It is the right time of year for the rain and the outlook is looking to be average to potentially a bit better.”