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Storm dumps heavy rain across Cobram

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March 29, 2017

Plenty of water: Jane Bearham took this photo at the roundabout just outside Target.

Underwater: Samantha Bremmer took this photo looking down Terminus St.

Splash: Leanne Jane took this photo showing water over William St and the Cobram Lawn Tennis courts.

Downpour: There was plenty of water laying around at the Cobram Showgrounds as shown in this photo by Samantha Brammer.

Heavy rain: Ron Renfrew took this photo outside his house on Davey St, showing the road completely submerged. The gauge at his house recorded 27mm of rain in 20 minutes.

Hundreds of people were left without power for several hours last week as a strong storm front moved through the region.

A storm cell hit Cobram late Tuesday afternoon, dumping at least 27mm of rain in local gauges.

The nearest Bureau of Meteorology recording station at Tocumwal recorded 20.2mm.

A Powercor spokesperson said crews discovered a few faults in the area on the night, which were all storm-related.

A lightning strike was listed as the cause of the main fault at one of the main feeders, which affected power supply to 1770 homes around Cornish St.

‘‘The power went out at 18:20 and was progressively restored from about 21:20,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘By 21:30, there were 114 customers off supply in the immediate area of the fault while repairs were made and these final customers were restored at 22:43.

‘‘As always, we realise loss of supply is frustrating for people and appreciate their patience while our crews got it resolved.’’

The storm also caused flash-flooding across a number of streets, prompting a reminder from the State Emergency Service for people to never drive through floodwater.

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