Almost 200 residents were without power last Tuesday as wild weather swept through Cobram.
Powercor crews had to restore power to more than 80000 homes and businesses across western Victoria following the storms which caused significant damage to the electricity network.
Across the state there were more than 90 wires down, 29 trees on wires and significant damage to poles, with crews attending more than 500 jobs.
Cobram Secondary College was one of the organisations most affected by the power outage as it was forced to reschedule its presentation night despite months of planning.
Teacher Dianne Ferguson, who co-ordinated the event, said the decision to cancel the awards was taken out of the school’s hands once the power went out about 7pm.
‘‘We began getting phone calls from staff who said they couldn’t drive to the Civic Centre because it was too dangerous,’’ she said.
‘‘A building at the school had also been damaged by a tree, so we had to take care of that as well.’’
The dilemma of when and where the school could host the event was solved when Moira Shire Council confirmed the Civic Centre would be available the next night.
Of course, the rescheduling meant a number of guests and students were unable to attend because of prior commitments. It also ruined the school’s idea to surprise students and announce Alex Gardener as dux because the story had already gone to print.