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Read this page to find out more about current emergencies including flood in Mount Alexander Shire.

Current situation - 4.00pm, 1 December 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for most of Victoria. Heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are forecast on Saturday and will contract on Sunday. A flood watch is being issued for Victoria.

Mount Alexander Shire is known to flood. If you live, work or visit the areas close to creeks, rivers, drains and low-lying land you need to be prepared and stay informed.

VicEmergency is the official site for emergency incidents and warnings including information on how to get prepared. Visit the website and download the app on your phone.

Flood and storm emergency responses are coordinated by the State Emergency Services (SES). For emergency assistance during flood or storm, call SES on 132 500. VicRoads is responsible for main roads and highways connecting towns.

Council is working closely with the SES and other agencies to prepare for the expected storms and potential flooding. We are monitoring known flood locations and trouble spots.

Our works crews are standby to implement road closures and minimise the impact of flooding. Staff are ready to open our relief centre if required. We will continue to monitor our roads and will advise of any closures via VicTraffic and this webpage.

Things you can do now

Visit our floods and storms web page for actions you can complete now to be prepared and what to do during a flood or storm.

• Stay informed and be prepared.
• Decide what you and your family will do if flooding impacts you. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe.
• Pack important documents, photos, medications, money and clothes so you can leave easily before flooding reaches your property if you are in a flood prone area.
• Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured.
• Ensure your gutters, downpipes, driveway crossovers and drains are cleared if safe to do so.
• Park your car undercover and away from trees.
• Be prepared for power outages.
• Check on family, friends or neighbours who might need help.
• If you need to travel, plan your journey, check for road closures and remember it only takes 15cm of water to float

Every storm and flood is different but being prepared can help you, friends and family stay safe, reduce damage and save money. For more information on how to prepare go to www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe.

What to do during the storm

• Stay indoors and away from windows.
• If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
• Be prepared for power outages.
• For flood and storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500.
• Never drive, walk, swim or ride through floodwaters.

What to do after the storm

• Check your home and property for damage.
• Keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines and trees.
• Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
• Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.
• Never drive, walk, swim or ride through floodwaters.

Flood information and emergency contacts

• For life-threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero (000).
• For flood and storm emergency assistance from the SES phone 132 500.
• For local road closures – Visit the VicRoads website or phone 131 170.
• To report damage to roads, footpaths and public buildings to Council – 5471 1700 or lodge a service request via our website.
• Visit Council's website as more local recovery information becomes available.
• Latest weather information and river heights - www.bom.gov.au.
• Information on power outages.

How to say informed

• For latest emergency warnings go to Vic Emergency at www.emergency.vic.gov.au
• Stay tuned into your emergency broadcasters such ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
• Phone the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about preparedness on 1800 226 226 (freecall).
• People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
• For help with English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
• Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#vicfloods) or Facebook.
• VicRoads sends out media releases specifically for Northern Victoria. Read their recent media releases.

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