Wyndham copped a wet weekend, but the area escaped the brunt of heavy rain and flash flooding experienced in other parts of Victoria.

Laverton RAAF station recorded 60.4 millimetres of rain between Friday and Monday afternoon, while Wyndham SES unit controller Laurie Russell said volunteers attended about 30 call-outs at the weekend – normal, he said, for a rain event.

“We did put facilities into place in case it had been a major event – we were ready for it, but it was business as normal,” Mr Russell said.

“The Bureau of Meteorology can only work on the science they’ve got coming into them.”

Mr Russell said the SES was disappointed many of the call-outs were caused by poor home maintenance, including overflowing gutters and downpipes that needed replacing.

“We were amazed and concerned at the lack of maintenance that some people had not carried out on their properties – whether they be their properties or rental properties,” he
said.

“A lot of the damage was simply caused through poor maintenance … they would have been a problem with even a light amount of rain.”