Newly-released flood guides will ensure people at risk of floods in the Katamatite and Tungamah areas are properly informed, following a partnership between the Victorian State Emergency Service and Moira Shire Council.
From today, SES members will begin delivering the flood guides to residents in the Katamatite and Tungamah communities, with a community meeting at the Katamatite Recreation Reserve and Community Hub on Friday, April 21 at 7pm and at the Tungamah Recreation Reserve at 7pm.
The SES will also conduct door knocks to homes, farms and businesses to deliver a copy to each resident.
Additional copies of the local flood guides will be available from the Katamatite Post Office, Katamatite General Store, Boosey Creek Café and the Tungamah General Store.
The flood guides include a flood map highlighting flood zones and handy information for residents, farms and businesses to inform them about their risk of flood and help them ensure they’re properly prepared.
The SES has been working with Moira Shire staff, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Scheme to produce a guide for key flood-prone towns in the region as part of a statewide plan.
‘‘In many cases, the biggest impact from floods in this area is on roads and bridges, often impassable, damaged by powerful, floodwater or covered by debris,’’ SES north-east regional operations manager Neil Payn said.
‘‘SES knows it’s vital for families and communities to be aware of flood risks, put together an emergency survival kit and prepare and practise a flood emergency plan — basically be ready before a flood even happens,’’ Mr Payn said.
‘‘These new flood guides will help SES and council work in partnership with communities to reduce flood damage and help our people keep safe.
‘‘Floods cause more damage in dollar terms and lives lost per year than any other natural hazard in Australia, so understanding how to prepare and be informed is important.’’
During the delivery of the flood guides, all SES members will be in uniform and carry official identification.
They will not be asking for donations and do not need to come inside your home.
If you are not available when they call, a flood information pack will be left in your letterbox.