Ballarat breakfast report: February 4

SES

State Emergency Service volunteers joined with other agencies to respond to reports of a tree fallen through a house in Creswick this morning.

The large tree fell down due to strong wind gusts and landed across the front of a Napier Street house at 5.30am. 

It was initially thought the occupants were trapped, with the tree blocking the front door and cutting off all power to the home.

The home's owner told The Courier his wife woke him to tell them a tree had fallen onto their house.

He said he pretty much slept through the whole thing.

Twelve SES personnel were needed at the scene and powerlines to the house were also down.

There were no injuries.

FIRE

Ballarat firefighters also called out to assist with the tree through a house at Creswick this morning.

Firefighters were also called to reports of a burnt out car in Sebastopol. It turns out the car was already burnt out and no fire was detected.

Ballarat City Fire Brigade's Anthony Pearce has reminded resdients not to illegally burn-off rubbish in their backyard.

"People are reminded it is illegal to burn off without a permit," he said.

POLICE

Police have been responding to trees down across the region.

Officers were called to the tree down at Creswick, before being kept busy later this morning with trees down at Trentham and Daylesford.

A little further aflield, police are appealing for witnesses after a 4WD drove into a police vehicle in Kyneton this morning.

Police pulled over a 4WD which was towing machinery on Kyneton-Trentham Road just after 3.30am.

The vehicle police are looking for is described as a 2002 model silver Toyota Land cruiser towing a piece of machinery.

Weather

Sleeping was an easier task for most last night as temperatures finally began to drop. 

Today we will see a top of 22 degrees with strong winds in the afternoon. The slightly cooler weather will stick around, with tomorrow reaching a top of 29 degrees. 

Looking ahead, the weekend should see a return to more summer-like weather with a top of 36 degrees on Saturday with possible showers and 29 degrees predicted for Sunday. 

TRAINS

Things are running relatively smooths this morning however the 8.16am train from Bacchus Marsh to Southern Cross has been replaced with coaches. 

On the Agenda

We are heading out to Dereel to meet with Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson to discuss phone black spots in the area. 

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