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Batten down the hatches, La Niña is on the way

Issued: 
October 2, 2020

It is time to get flood ready. The Bureau of Meteorology has declared that a La Niña weather pattern has developed, which means heavy rainfalls are tipped for the remainder of 2020, bringing an increased risk of flooding.

Wellington Shire Council and the State Emergency Service are calling on everyone to prepare a flood emergency plan for their home, farm and business.

A flood plan helps keep you and your family safe, and can guard against livestock loss and property damage. It can also help you get back to normal life again after a flood.

Before the rains hit, download the VicEmergency app and set it to receive flood alerts. Also bookmark the VicEmergency website, emergency.vic.gov.au. Find local flood information and determine whether your home or business is at risk at ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready.

Check that your home and contents insurance covers flood damage.

Ensure that all gutters, drains and downpipes around the house are clear.

In the event of a flood, roads, power and drinking water will likely be cut. So pack a bag containing a first-aid kit, torch, bottled water, canned food, batteries, a radio and a list of emergency numbers. Include a waterproof bag for your phone and valuables.

For more planning ideas, check out the Get Prepared app at redcross.org.au/prepare

If a flood is heading your way, SES advice is Bag It, Block It, Lift It and Leave.

  • Bag it - lay sandbags at key points around your home.
  • Block it - cover your toilet and drains to halt back-flow.
  • Lift it - move your valuables items to a higher level. Turn off power, water and gas.
  • Leave - move to higher ground or to a designated location.

Never drive through floodwater. It is major cause of flood fatalities.

Take your pet with you if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, provide adequate food and water and move them to a safer place.

For more information, visit wellington.vic.gov.au/pages/floods. For emergency assistance during a flood, phone SES on 132 500. If your emergency is life-threatening, phone 000.

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