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Help available for those affected by storm and floods

Issued: 
June 25, 2021

Were you impacted by the June 9 and 10 storms and flooding that hit Wellington Shire? If so, Wellington Shire Council wants to hear from you. 

Council is transitioning to a recovery phase and from Monday 28 June, Secondary Impact Assessments will begin, with Council calling residents, ratepayers and business owners who were badly hit by the storm and floods. 

The Traralgon Incident Control Centre (responding to this emergency event) has shared with Council lists of potential properties impacted and over 150 property and business owners have already connected with Council for assistance.  

Where a property or business owner has suffered property damage but has not heard from Council, it means Council is not aware of their situation. So Council is encouraging everyone who suffered property damage or has other recovery needs to call its Relief Line on 1300 137 218 (9am-5pm weekdays). 

“Talking to people who have been badly hit by the storm and floods will help Council prioritise what needs to be done to restore services and infrastructure, and make sure we can help other agencies, too,” Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said.

“Not everyone knows that Council is here to help, so if you who know someone who has been impacted I’d ask you to check to see if they have had contact with Council via the Relief Line,” Cr Stephens said. 

Feedback from affected community members will enable assistance to be provided, reveal the extent of the damage and help Council work with community and stakeholders to prioritise actions to address the economic, social, built and natural environment impacts from this emergency event.  

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