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Power outages continue for Vic homes

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Helen Velissaris

Some Victorians might have to wait until the end of the working week before their power is reconnected as crews work to fix faults caused by last weekend's wild windstorm.

About 4000 properties are still without power five days after 100km/h winds forced trees and powerlines down.

Melbourne's outer east remains the worst affected but most properties should be reconnected by Thursday or Friday, power company AusNet says.

Reconnections have taken so long because as big areas of the network are restored, smaller faults are subsequently being discovered with connections to individual homes, AusNet spokesman Hugo Armstrong says.

"For every job we get fixed, probably two smaller jobs are emerging at the moment, Mr Armstrong told AAP

About 250 line workers were fixing problems on the network on Thursday.

AusNet expects more faults will be identified over the weekend as people visit holiday homes and find the power off.

Victorians who have experienced more than 60 hours of unplanned, sustained power outages are entitled to compensation of $300 from their power company.

Mr Armstrong says AusNet will compensate the eligible customers in their bills early next year.

He said residents could check their home and contents insurance to see if they're eligible for assistance for spoiled food or goods.

The impact of heavy rain in the north of the state is also a concern, as major flood alerts continue for the Murray and Loddon rivers.

Residents in Barmah on the Murray were spared as water peaked below 1993 flood levels on Wednesday night.

The SES expects high river levels for some weeks.

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