Compounding this event was the loss of power, communications, landlines and mobiles and network coverage.
More than 1000 homes were without power after the first 24 hours; and more than half the Shire did not have landlines, mobiles or network coverage.
Given the scale of the event across the region, an Incident Control Centre was established in Ballarat to coordinate the response.
Council's staff and contractors are the ground in many areas of the Shire, who are continuing to work on the significant clean up task ahead.
Council has been coordinating meetings with emergency services, with several meetings held in Blackwood where communications and power were down until Monday night.
The relief and recovery team has been making phone calls to the majority of the Korweinguboora, Spargo Creek and Blackwood areas and will then move to Colbrook, Blakeville, Gordon North and Dales Creek/Greendale where homes have been destroyed and damaged.