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Council is urging locals to be prepared for the forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding over the next few days.

Thursday 30 November 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging locals to be prepared for the forecasted heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding over the next few days.

“Mount Alexander Shire is known to flood. If you live, work or visit areas close to creeks, rivers, drains and low-lying land be prepared and stay informed,” said Luke Ryan, Municipal Emergency Response Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Every storm and flood is different but being prepared can help you, friends and family stay safe, reduce damage and save money,” he said.

To stay abreast of warnings visit the Vic Emergency website, download the app or follow their social media channels.
For more information on how to prepare go to www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe or visit Council’s current emergencies web page.

“Flood and storm emergency responses are coordinated by the State Emergency Services (SES). We are working closely with the SES and other agencies to prepare for the situation ahead, and will update our website as more information on relief and recovery as the need arises," said Mr Ryan.

“In the meantime we urge our community to be vigilant and stay safe. Never drive, walk, swim or ride through floodwaters. Decide now what you and your family will do if flooding impacts you. Remember it’s always best to leave early as local roads may be closed and low bridges may quickly be underwater,” he said.

Emergency contacts and flood information

  • Latest emergency warnings – www.emergency.vic.gov.au or download the app
  • Life-threatening emergencies – call Triple Zero (000)
  • Emergency assistance from the State Emergency Service (SES) – phone 132 500
  • Local road closures – traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or phone 131 170
  • Report damage to roads, footpaths and public buildings to Council – call 5471 1700 and make an online service request
  • Stay tuned to your emergency broadcaster such as ABC Local Radio or SKY News TV.

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