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Are you prepared for flood?

Flood waters in Johnstone Street, Castlemaine

The seasonal outlook of increased rainfall across Australia means there’s a greater chance of flooding from local creeks, rivers and surface water. It’s important that you have a plan in the event that your property is impacted.

Friday 11 December 2020

The seasonal outlook of increased rainfall across Australia means there’s a greater chance of flooding from local creeks, rivers and surface water. It’s important that you have a plan in the event that your property is impacted.

To help residents prepare for a flood, the State Emergency Service (SES), in partnership with Mount Alexander Shire Council, has created local flood guides for areas with a high risk of flood. There’s a local guide for Baringhup, Castlemaine, Campbells Creek, Chewton and Newstead.

“Each flood guide is packed with information on areas at greatest risk, maps, flood history and more,” said Luke Ryan, Emergency Services Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The guides are incredibly useful because they are tailored to each community and give specific local advice,” said Mr Ryan.

The SES has also created a flood preparation guide, which features simple and practical steps you can take to protect yourself, the people you love and the things you value most.

“We know that people who have a plan are better able to respond to and recover from emergencies. This goes for both flood and fire,” said Mr Ryan.

Do now – flood preparation:
- Check if your home and contents insurance covers flooding.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Put together an emergency kit and prepare a home or business emergency plan, see www.ses.vic.gov.au for ideas.

When you hear a flood watch or weather warning:
- Listen to the radio and check the SES website for more information and advice.
- Go over your emergency plan. Pack clothing and other extra items into your emergency kit and take this with you if you evacuate.

When flooding may happen soon (a flood warning):
- Make sure your family members and neighbours are aware of what is happening.
- Be ready to evacuate. Act early. Conditions change rapidly. Roads and escape routes can be covered or blocked. Don’t forget to take pets and medicine with you.
- Put household valuables and electrical items as high as possible.
- Turn off water, gas and electricity at the mains.
- Secure objects likely to float and cause damage. Raise chemicals and oils well above the forecast flood height.

During the flood:
- For emergency assistance, call 132 500 for SES.
- Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods.
- Never allow children to play in floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods for children and young people.
- Stay away from drains, culverts and waterways. Water can flow quickly with strong currents.
- Stay well clear of fallen trees, power lines and damaged buildings.

After the flood - recovery:
- If your property has been flooded, check with your local council for information and advice.
- Have all electrical and gas equipment professionally tested before use.

To find your local flood and flood preparation guide follow the links from www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready.



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