SES units in Melton, Ballarat and Hepburn have been among the top-five busiest in the state, as the region was drenched with a month’s worth of rain in one day.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s nearest station at Ballarat notched up 40.8mm yesterday (Sunday). That is not far off the Ballarat November average of 44mm and historical means of 47mm at Fiskville, 45mm at Bacchus Marsh and 55mm at Creswick (pictured below).

A bit windy!

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The SES said with 17 requests for assistance over the weekend, volunteers in Melton were the busiest in the metropolitan area and the third-busiest in the State. All up the SES saw 229 jobs across Melbourne.

Ballarat topped that with 20 jobs – and was the second busiest in Victoria, behind Yarrawonga.

The Hepburn Shire unit saw 14 callouts, while Bacchus Marsh saw eight – including a request to help an ambulance helicopter crew winch a Richmond bushwalker to safety, after she fell 30m down an embankment in the Lerderderg State Park.

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The SES said that of the 56 calls in the Mid-West area (Bacchus Marsh to the state border), 30 were for fallen trees, 17 for flooding, and eight were for building damage.

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