IF you were to drive through Ararat today, you would hardly even notice a wild storm tore through the town on Tuesday night, according to the Ararat Rural City Council.
A concrete slab is all that remains from where the football clubrooms once stood and the odd fence is still showing signs of damage, but in a general sense the town has made a rapid recovery.
Most of the repair work was done on Wednesday, when recovery crews spent the entire day picking up the pieces from the micro-burst, which some labelled as a mini-tornado.
A number of buildings were damaged by the extreme winds, which reached more than 100km/h.
The State Emergency Service received 10 calls on the night, with the football rooms at Kokoda Park virtually flattened.
Ararat City Council manager of risk, emergency services and local laws Matthew Wood said safety was the most important thing when conducting the recovery works.
“It was pretty well done and dusted on Wednesday, most of the recovery works had been done,” Mr Wood said.
“The safety was the number one priority and we had to make sure any buildings or trees that could have collapsed further were taken care of.”
Mr Wood said there had previously been similar damage recorded at Elmhurst and Beaufort, but rarely in Ararat.
He said there would now be continuing assessment of other trees around the city to determine whether they were safe or if they had to be removed.
“If you drove through right now you would probably see a few fences down and the odd bit of damage, but most of it has been recovered,” Mr Wood said.
“The clubrooms is the biggest change, all that stands there now is a concrete slab.”